Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Star in 'By the Sea'; Jolie Directing

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are set to star together in the relationship drama 'By the Sea,' which Jolie will also direct.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - Mr and Mrs Smith

Despite forming under tough circumstances - it's not usually advised to start another long-lasting relationship while one is already married - the A-list power couple of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has stood the test of time. With their union approaching a full decade soon, it seems appropriate that "Brangelina" is now set to share the screen for only the second time. Unlike Pitt and Jolie's first co-starring effort - the 2005 action/comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Universal's By the Sea will be a character-driven drama, and is set to be directed by Jolie herself.

In addition to directing, Jolie will also write, produce and co-star in By the Sea, with Pitt also producing. Outside of the fact that it will be a low-key, intimate drama about a couple's relationship, very little is known about By the Sea's plot. That said, the fact that the film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will likely be enough to convince many people to make the journey out to their local theater.

It will be interesting to see if the couple retains the famously fiery level of chemistry present between them in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which is widely known for being the film that they first met on. Reports have often conflicted as to whether Pitt and Jolie first became an item during Smith's production, but their obvious attraction to each other smolders throughout every frame of film. One wonders whether that same on-screen spark will still be on display nearly ten years (and multiple kids) later.

Angelina Jolie on the set of 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'

By the Sea will mark Jolie's third directorial effort, her first being the 2011 drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, which was set during the Bosnian War. Unbroken, Jolie's second venture behind the camera, is still in post-production. It serves as a biopic of Olympic runner turned Air Force bombardier Louis Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II.

One notable change going into By the Sea is that the film will mark Jolie's first ever self-directed performance, which is always a risky endeavor. Starring in a film can be an incredibly time-consuming, mentally-draining process; directing a film is arguably even more stressful. Doing both jobs well at the same time is a feat that has certainly been accomplished quite a few times, but it's also something that has gone horribly wrong just as often. Perhaps Jolie should ask her and Brad's buddy George Clooney for advice on how it's done.

By the Sea has no current release date.

Source: The Wrap

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