Brad Pitt has been cast by Angelia Jolie as her on-screen partner for the first time after Mr. and Mrs. Smith in her latest directorial venture By the Sea.
— PopWrapped (@PopWrapped) August 8, 2015
The first trailer of the movie was released by Universal Pictures last week, and has already been noted for its picturesque landscapes and the grimness of its tone. The film marks the return of Angelina Jolie in the director’s chair for the third time after In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken, and is being touted as her most personal movie yet. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie admitted that she had drawn a lot from her real-life relationship with Brad Pitt while writing By the Sea.
“It’s probably not an accident that the films that I care about happen to be about issues that matter to me, stories that I want to tell. If you’re going to spend two years of your life on something it has to matter to you, you have to be passionate about it.”
Shot during their honeymoon trip in France, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie admit to having been in some heated arguments during the shoot, but that seems completely plausible, considering the dramatic scope of the film. Jolie hopes to make new inroads in her career with By the Sea, describing it as an “art film” which she would have loved watching, “but probably won’t do very much of.”
According to Cinema Blend, Jolie also went on to say that shooting some of the emotional scenes was extremely tough, as she and Brad Pitt are a much happier couple in real life than their on-screen counterparts.
“I’d be directing myself and him in a scene where we’re having a fight, and I’d be pulling out the parts [of him] that have an aggression toward me or when you’re frustrated with each other—it was very heavy. We kept joking that all of the crew felt like they were living in a house where the parents were fighting and you don’t know where to stand or where to look.”
Going by the trailer, By the Sea does appear to be Jolie’s most mature work to date as a director, but it would be too early to comment on the film. But we particularly enjoyed the part where Jolie slaps Brad Pitt. Seems like things escalated pretty quickly there, Angelina?
On a serious note, the movie tells the tale of a married couple who are travelling through France in the 1970s and are forced to re-examine their relationship after they meet a younger couple (French actors Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud) in a seaside town.
By the Sea hits theaters on November 13. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are ready for a tumultuous time ahead. Are you?
[Photo: Wikipedia, Jason Merritt / Getty Images]