Angelina Jolie is preparing to embark on her fifth effort as a director, and her first since 2017’s First They Killed My Father. After inking an exclusive 3-year deal with Fremantle, we now know that film is titled Without Blood, and will star Salma Hayek and Demián Bichir.
Deadline reports Jolie will direct Hayek and Bichir in Without Blood, an adaptation of Allesandro Boricco’s novel. A revenge fable, the story is set in the aftermath of an unidentified conflict in a farmhouse deep in the Italian countryside.
Oscar nominees Hayek and Bichir are both pretty busy at the moment. Hayek is also part of Magic Mike’s Last Dance, while Bichir has Showtime’s series adaptation of Let The Right One In. They have worked together twice before, first in 2001’s In the Time of the Butterflies, and again in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
Filming on Without Blood has already begun in Southern Italy and Rome, with Jolie having this to say: “I’m honored to be here in Italy to bring this very special material to film, and to have been entrusted by Alessandro Baricco with the adaptation of his book — with its unique poetry and emotion and way of looking at war, and the questions it poses about what we search for after trauma or loss or injustice.”