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Angelina Jolie working on Jim Thorpe biopic next

Writer: Florey DM


Angelina Jolie is producing a movie on Native American athlete, Jim Thorpe.

8 May – Angelina Jolie has found her next project, in the form of a biopic on Native American athlete, Jim Thorpe.

The Hollywood actress, director and producer will be producing the movie "Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story", according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I'm honored to be working on this project. I have had the privilege of spending time with Bill Thorpe, and will be listening to and guided by the Tribes and the Thorpe family in the making of this film," said Jolie.


Jolie will be producing alongside Steve Tisch and Todd Black of Escape Artists Productions and Abraham Taylor. The movie's original screenplay is written by Taylor, Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo.

The movie will star Martin Sensmeier ("The Magnificent Seven", HBO's "Westworld"), who is an Alaska Native actor of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan descent, as the eponymous athlete.

Sensmeier will also pull double duty as executive producer, alongside Josh Aker and Justine Hunt for Box of Daylight Productions.


Martin Sensmeier starred as Red Harvest in "The Magnificent Seven".

"Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story" follows the multitalented athlete who won two Olympic gold medals for the U.S. in 1912, even though a period of cultural genocide against Native Americans caused his citizenship to go unrecognised during the time.

He later played in the Major League Baseball, became a professional footballer and founded the organisation that would today be known as The National Football League (NFL).

Prior to the upcoming movie, Thorpe's story was first brought to the big screen in 1951 in the Burt Lancaster-starrer, "Jim Thorpe: All American".

Aside from producing the Jim Thorpe biopic, Jolie will be also be producing and starring next in two Disney titles, "Maleficent 2" and "The One and Only Ivan".

(Photo source: Christopher Polk | Getty Images)

Cinema Online, 08 May 2018



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