Angelina Jolie hints that Cleopatra could be her last acting role

The 38-year-old suggests her planned portrayal of the Egyptian queen could be her final role before she retires from acting, allowing her to focus on directing and humanitarian work

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Angelina Jolie hints that Cleopatra could be her last acting role
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Susanna Lazarus

Brace yourselves, film lovers. One of Hollywood's major players is toying with the idea of retiring from acting. 

Angelina Jolie was discussing a possible appearance as Cleopatra while promoting her new film Maleficent on BBC Radio 5 Live this week, confirming she was in talks to portray the Egyptian queen on the big screen.

"We've been working on it," she said. "There's been lots of different ideas of directors and lots of different discussions. The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer." 

Indeed, so "brilliant" is the project that Jolie is considering making it her last, ending her 23-year on-screen career on a high. "She's complicated, it's complicated to get this one right," she elaborated. 

"I think we're getting there. It's getting close. I imagine the preparation for it is going to be big. It's one of those that you think maybe that's the one you put everything into and that's where you end it, that's where you finish – in a great way. What could you do beyond that one?" 

The 38-year-old's comments follow those she made at a press conference for Malificent last month where she suggested she might give up acting to focus on directing and her humanitarian duties.

Currently working as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Jolie is also set to debut her second film as a director later this year. The biopic Unbroken stars former Skins actor Jack O'Connell and will chart the story of Second World War hero Louis Zamperi who became an Olympic track star before spending two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

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