Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has signed up to direct Africa, a biopic of Kenyan politician and conservationist Richard Leakey.
Africa will focus on Leakey’s fight against ivory poachers in the 1980s when he was the head of the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS).
During his time as the Chairman of the KWS he ordered rangers to shoot any poachers they found and controversially burned a stockpile of ivory worth millions of pounds.
He also raised millions from Western governments and successfully campaigned for a global ban on ivory trading by stopping elephant poaching.
Leakey’s tenure was contentious among Kenyan politicians. Even though his work channelled money back into Kenya’s wildlife parks, the loss of revenue from the ivory trade was looked upon unfavourably.
However, his methods were effective in re-shaping not just conservation in Kenya but across the world.
Films to watch this season
Films to watch this season
1/5 Mr Turner, 31 October
Timothy Spall plays the British artist in Mike Leigh's new film Mr Turner. A look at the last quarter-century of his life, the biopic highlights the disparities between Turner's brilliance as an artist and flaws as a man
2/5 Unbroken, 26 December
Written by the Coen Brothers and directed by Angelina Jolie, this Second World War drama chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), who was captured by Japanese forces
3/5 Interstellar, 7 November
Directed by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar features Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. A group of explorers travel through a wormhole - or space "shortcut" - on a voyage aimed at saving humanity
4/5 The Imitation Game, 14 November
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch has been tipped to win an Oscar for his performance as the mathematical genius, who lives with the pressure of hiding his sexuality at a time when homosexuality was criminalised
5/5 Annie, 26 December
Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis is the new little orphan Annie in this reboot of the much-loved musical. A perfect family film
The script has been written by Eric Roth, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Forest Gump. He also penned Munich and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the latter starring Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt.
Jolie is currently directing By the Sea, a romantic period drama set in the Seventies and stars the actress and Pitt. Jolie also wrote the screenplay for the film, which is being filmed in Malta.
Her third film Unbroken is in post-production and will be out next year.
The 39-year-old actress made her directorial debut in 2007 with the documentary A Place in Time, followed up by the harrowing In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011 about the Bosnian war.Reuse content