Angelina Jolie will direct fiancé Brad Pitt in upcoming film By the Sea

They shared the screen in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, now Jolie will be behind the camera as well as co-starring with her real life partner

It’s been nine years since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt starred alongside each other in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It was the high-action flick that saw them go on to have a real life relationship, and now they’re reuniting for upcoming film By the Sea.


But they won’t just be on screen together. Jolie is writing and directing the film, which means she’ll be directing her own fiancé, Universal Pictures confirms.

The film is being described as an intimate character-driven drama, and Pitt will also join Jolie as a producer.

This isn’t the first time Jolie has stepped behind the camera. Her 2011 directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her current project, Unbroken, is also being released by Universal Studios this year, and will chart the true life story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini.

Jolie says, “I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By The Sea. They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.”

Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures, adds, “Angelina and Brad represent two of Hollywood’s brightest talents and we are excited to be a part of their collaboration on this powerful piece.”

Of course, the famous couple’s own daughter Vivienne joined Jolie in Disney’s recent hit, Maleficent.

“We had never intended to put our kids into film and acting. The reason that we ended up needing to put Vivenne in the film was genuinely out of necessity so that we could have a good scene,” Jolie explained at a recent press conference, admitting all of the other children were too scared of her in the horned outfit. 

“It’s still funny to us. Like anybody, she’s our little girl. She’s silly, she’s sweet, so the idea that she’s in a movie is still kind of funny to her mum and dad.” 


It’s believed By the Sea will begin shooting in Malta as early as next month.