Angelina Jolie’s next film will find her playing an elite firefighter trapped between man and nature in Taylor Sheridan’s THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, and Entertainment Weekly and People have dropped a few first look photos of the thriller which you can check out below.
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Based upon Michael Koryta’s 2014 novel of the same name, Those Who Wish Me Dead stars Angelina Jolie as Hannah, a smoke jumper who is trained to parachute into a blaze. While stationed at an isolated fire tower as she reflects on a past failed mission, she encounters Connor (Finn Little), a 12-year-old boy who is being stalked by two assassins (Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen). Together, Hannah and Connor must outrun the hunters as well as the wildfire raging all around them.
The film was directed by Taylor Sheridan, who also co-wrote the script alongside Michael Koryta and Charles Leavitt. “[Sheridan] has a unique voice when it comes to characters within America,” Jolie told EW, “which has not been a prior focus of my work. I wanted to be in this world with him.” As part of that world is on fire for much of the film, there were real firefighters on scene to assist and instruct. “The first day we were in the fire, [I noticed] the heat and how quickly the winds would change and how quickly the fire would suddenly take to a tree that you weren’t expecting,” Jolie said. “Our respect just grew day after day for these people on the front lines and how difficult this work is.“
Those Who Wish Me Dead also stars Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry, Medina Shenghore, and Jake Weber, and is slated to be released in theaters and on HBO Max on May 14, 2021.