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angelina-jolieThe elephant poaching film “Africa” from Skydance has found its director in Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie.

Jolie’s also set to produce the drama alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters. Written by Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”), “Africa” revolves around paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey. Set in the late ‘80s, it will showcase Leakey’s fight with ivory poachers threatening the existence of African elephants and the soul of Africa.

Ellison believes Jolie is the woman who can do the film justice as he said, “Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told. It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”

As for Jolie, she seems ecstatic to be part of such an inspirational story, “I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script 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.”

Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Film ‘Africa’ | Ecorazzi.

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