Angelina Jolie to direct a new biopic about Richard Leakey titled ‘Africa’

Angelina Jolie has signed on to direct an upcoming feature titled Africa, which will explore the anti-ivory trade and its greatest crusader, the politician and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey.

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Richard famously began campaigning against ivory hunting in 1989, when he coordinated the burning of 12 tonnes of harvested ivory with an estimated value of more than $3 million.

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He has since founded WildlifeDirect, a charitable organization that sets up protections against the slaughter of African wildlife.

Richard, for whom anthropology is a family affair (his parents, Louis and Mary Leakey, were renowned anthropologists), has also worked to create government-supported anti-poaching units in Kenya.

Angelina has a history of taking a political bent in her directorial efforts, from tackling the Bosnian war in 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey to featuring Japanese POW camps in her upcoming effort, Unbroken, en route to theatres this December.

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In an interview with the BBC, the mother of six explained her interest in African culture and how this project is deeply personal.

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“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life,” revealed the former UN Goodwill Ambassador.

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