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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

That Proposed Angelina Jolie as Gertrude Bell Movie Could Be Timely Right About Now . . .

Back in 2011 I noted that Angelina Jolie not only wanted to produce a film about Gertrude Bell, but also wanted to play the role herself. I'm all for a film about Gertrude Bell, which would be wildly timely since she pretty much cobbled Iraq together, but at the time I was pretty snarky, due to the "female Lawrence of Arabia" hype and the seemingly dubious casting:
Angelina Jolie
Gertrude Bell
I even compared it to the infamous casting of John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. But even a bad movie about Gertrude Bell could do real well right this minute. Angelina, I hope it wasn't my snark three years ago that killed this project, because you could have been a millionaire and an enormous celebrity. (Oh, wait you already are, aren't you? Never mind then.)

Still, an un-romanticized, play-it-straight film about Gertrude Bell . . .

UPDATE: Apparently another film is now filming in Jordan starring the (equally un-Bell-like) Nicole Kidman.

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