Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie has signed on to both star in and produce the upcoming revenge thriller The Kept. It will be based on the 2014 James Scott novel of the same name, and the screenplay will be written by Alice Birch, who wrote Lady Macbeth.
The Kept is set in rural New York in the late 1800s. A woman named Elspeth Howell returns home to find that her husband and four of her five children have been brutally murdered. She is shot as she looks for her remaining son, who emerges from his hiding spot and helps save her life by tending to her wounds.
Once Elspeth has recovered, she and her only remaining son venture out into the snow-covered wilderness, seeking vengeance on the men responsible for the murders.
The Kept sounds like pretty vintage Jolie – she definitely has the acting chops to take on the emotional heavy-lifting that the role will require, but her experience acting as a film bad-ass, a la Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), will also come in handy when push comes to shove and she gets her opportunity for revenge.
Jolie has not appeared on-screen much over the last several years. Other than occasional voice work for properties like the Kung Fu Panda series, she has only been in two film since 2010: By the Sea and Maleficent. In fact, her next onscreen role seems likely to be Maleficent 2, which isn’t due out until 2020. She has a voice-only role in Disney’s The One and Only Ivan, and will portray Rose in Come Away, which is a prequel to both Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.
The option for The Kept was picked up by Imperative Entertainment, who distributed All the Money in the World. Jolie will be producing the film with the company’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas.