Angelina Jolie to direct Don McCullin biopic starring Tom Hardy

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Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

From Harper's BAZAAR

Angelina Jolie will direct a biopic about Don McCullin starring Tom Hardy as the lead role. The film will be based on the photojournalist's autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour.

McCullin is celebrated for his war photographer, including coverage of crises in Vietnam and Northern Ireland. He is known for taking pictures of society's underside, taking pictures of the unemployed, impoverished and subjugated. His empathetic vision and bravery has made him arguably the greatest living photographer.

“I am humbled to have a chance to bring Don McCullin’s life to film,” said Jolie. “I was drawn to his unique combination of fearlessness and humanity – his absolute commitment to witnessing the truth of war, and his empathy and respect for those who suffer its consequences. We hope to make a film that is as uncompromising as Don’s photography, about the extraordinary people and events he witnessed, and the rise and fall of a unique era in journalism.”

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Jolie's directorial work has focused on conflict, from her 2011 debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, about a romance during the Bosnian war, to 2017's First They Killed My Father, an adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir, which depicts the brutality visited upon the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge as seen through the eyes of a child. The Guardian reports that it was the latter film that convinced McCullin to work with Jolie on his biopic.

“Having viewed Angelina’s last film on Cambodia, and having spent so much time during the war there, I was very impressed at how she made such a powerful and accurate representation of the place at that time,” he said. “I feel as if I am in safe, capable and professional hands with her.”

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