Angelina Jolie to play mother Marcheline Bertrand in new biopic
Angelina Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand has inspired her in more ways than one. After recently undergoing a double mastectomy as a preventative measure against breast cancer, Jolie is reportedly going star in a biopic about Bertrand's life.
The Sun reports that the untitled film will go into production in 2014. Jolie will assumedly play Bertrand, a woman who turned away from acting to devote her life to humanitarian causes -- much like Jolie is doing in her own life. Bertrand died in 2007 at age 57 of ovarian cancer.
"My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was," Jolie writes in her New York Times essay about her decision to get a voluntary double mastectomy.
She continues, "We often speak of 'Mommy's mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer."
Jolie will reportedly also voluntarily remove her ovaries because she has a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer.