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Angelina Jolie to direct ivory poaching tale

Angelina Jolie in a scene from Changeling.

Story by Jack Foley

ANGELINA Jolie is to direct a film about ivory poaching.

Africa will chronicle celebrated conservationist Richard Leakey’s battles with ivory poachers and show the key role he playing in stemming the trade in illegal ivory.

Leakey was forced to use extreme measures to win the battle, including sending helicopter gunships into Kenya’s national park in order to help the country’s elephant and rhino populations recover from the brink of disaster.

He made international headlines in 1989, when a stockpile of 12 tonnes of ivory was burned in Nairobi National Park.

Jolie commented: “I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life.”

She added that Africa is about “a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers, who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him”.

The screenplay for Africa has been written by Eric Roth – who won an Oscar for Forrest Gump.

The film will mark Jolie’s fourth film as director. Her next movie, Unbroken, starring British actor Jack O’Connell, is due in cinemas later this year.

She is currently directing and starring opposite her husband Brad Pitt in the film By The Sea, based on her own screenplay.

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