Angelina Jolie to play ‘female Lawrence of Arabia’: Report

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Angelina Jolie to play ‘female Lawrence of Arabia’: Report

Angelina Jolie is set to play a British woman who helped map out the modern Middle East including Iraq in the early 20th century, the Hollywood Reporter said Friday.

The Oscar-winning actress is attached to play Gertrude Bell, described as the female Lawrence of Arabia for her pioneering work in establishing the framework for what would become Jordan and Iraq.

The project is still in development by British director Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, said the Reporter, noting that Jolie has a history of playing strong characters.

Bell was passionate about archeology and languages, spoke several languages including Arabic and Persian, and wrote about her extensive travels in a number of books, including “Persian Pictures,” and “Syria: The Desert and the Sown.”

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