Angelina Jolie takes on her most daring role yet as a smokejumper in the upcoming thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead. Thanks to her career-defining roles in films like Girl, Interrupted, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jolie stands as one of Hollywood’s most well-known actresses today. However, in recent years, she has become very selective with her projects, only appearing in a handful within the past decade. 2021 will see the release of two major films for Jolie, with Those Who Wish Me Dead arriving first and Marvel’s long-awaited Eternals slated for the fall.
For Those Who Wish Me Dead, Jolie will play smokejumper Hannah, an expert firefighter still coping with a loss she was unable to prevent while on the job. While stationed at an isolated fire tower, Hannah crosses paths with a 12-year-old boy named Connor (Finn Little), who is on the run from two hitmen (Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen). Hannah must protect Connor from the assassins, the harsh wilderness, and a raging wildfire. Directed by Taylor Sheridan, Those Who Wish Me Dead is based on Michael Koryta’s 2014 novel.
With Those Who Wish Me Dead slated for release in just over a month, the first official looks at the film have arrived. Warner Bros. debuted a new trailer from Those Who Wish Me Dead, putting the spotlight on Jolie and her young co-star Little.
Those Who Wish Me Dead is Jolie’s first major project since 2019’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and it already looks like the ideal spotlight for her talents. Jolie has a history of starring in heart-pounding action flicks, and a mad dash for survival through a burning forest sounds as thrilling as they come. Additionally, Sheridan has established himself as the go-to filmmaker for modern Westerns, with his work on Hell or High Water and the Paramount Network series Yellowstone being praised over the years. Between Jolie and Sheridan, Those Who Wish Me Dead is bound to arrive on a cloud of high expectations.
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