Angelina Jolie Pitt can add animated feature The Breadwinner to her long list of credits, as the actress and director has signed on as an executive producer for the film through her company Jolie Pas Productions.
Based on the young adult novel by Deborah Ellis, the feature film is being produced by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Canada’s Aircraft Pictures (a first for the studio) and Luxembourg-based Melusine Productions. It will be directed by Nora Twomey (co-director of Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells). Oscar-nominated producers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, as well as Gerry Shirren at Cartoon Saloon, will also serve as executive producers.
Casting and pre-production plans are underway, with delivery expected in early 2017.
The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. A version of the film will be produced in Dari in addition to the English-language version.
Jolie Pitt plans to donate any profits derived from her role as executive producer towards the education of Afghan girls. Among her acting and directing roles, Jolie Pitt presented and served as an executive producer of the Ethiopian film Difret, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and won international audience awards at both the Sundance and Berlin film festivals.