Angelina Jolie & Halle Berry are set to star in action-thriller ‘Maude v Maude’

I’ve prayed for days like this! Over the past decade, Angelina Jolie took a major step away from acting. She’s been much more focused on directing and her humanitarian work, in addition to raising her children. It sucks because Angelina is a g–damn movie star and one of the few women in Hollywood who can credibly play an action lead. There aren’t many actresses who can play action roles credibly – you can count them on one hand. Halle Berry is definitely one of them. So, good news: Angelina and Halle are making an action movie together. The whole package, with Jolie and Berry attached, sold very quickly after an aggressive bidding war.

Following an intense multi-studio bidding war that went into the weekend, Warner Bros has landed the package Maude v Maude that has Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry attached to star. Roseanne Liang is on board to direct from Scott Mosier’s script. Berry and Jolie will produce along with Berry’s producing partner Holly Jeter via their banner HalleHolly, along with Jeff Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth who will produce through RK Films. Mosier and Liang will exec produce. Exact details are being kept under wraps, but and insider describes the pic as a “Bond vs. Bourne”-type action thriller.

While Berry and Jolie have had careers that have spanned three decades, the two have never worked together. Both are veterans of the genre, though; Jolie starred as the title character in the hit action thriller Salt, and Berry played Jinx in the blockbuster Bond installment Die Another Day. Other action-heavy credits include Berry starring in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and the X-Men movies, while Jolie’s credits include starring in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Maleficent as well as originating the role of Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

The package hit the market last week and wrapped over the weekend, with Warner Bros getting aggressive and putting in the winning bid. Since taking over as co-studio heads, Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy having been pushing to get more movie star-centric packages into their future slate. Once this package with two of the bigger stars in the last two decades came together, it was too hard to pass up, with Warners putting in an impressive eight-figure bid you haven’t been seeing from the studios as often these days, especially with the endless amounts of money the streamers seem to have.

[From Deadline]

Bond/Bourne, I would assume spy vs. spy, exotic locales and great action sequences and at least one hand-to-hand combat scene between Jolie and Berry? I’m in. You had me at spy vs. spy. It’s also amazing that a project produced by and starring two women (one of them 47 years old, the other 56 years old) is getting the kind of aggressive studio bidding war which would normally be seen for a dude-led action film.

Why do I feel like Halle and Angelina have known each other and been friendly for decades? I think my assumption comes from the fact that Jolie was married to Billy Bob Thornton when he starred with Halle in Monster’s Ball? I feel like they must have known each other back then. I hope we hear about their friendship.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    I was sooo excited when I saw this yesterday. I’m looking forward to watching these two work together.

  2. JustMe says:

    Im all in on this one…what in the world is going on with Angie’s hair in that picture? What kind of stylist lets a client go out with those tragic extensions? It like Britney Spears hair..with all that $$ can they not get decent ones?

    • Ang says:

      Why include that photo?? This is such exciting news, so positive, so rockstar feminist, so super gorgeous…why seek out the one bad picture on the planet of aj?

  3. Cami says:

    Yes!! Can’t wait to watch them shine. Great ladies

  4. Smegmoria says:

    Omg, omg, omg!!!!!!!

  5. Frippery says:

    There are maybe only a few women in Hollywood who can believably play an action lead because Hollywood really only allows one body type for women, and because few women are given the chance to play a lead and not just a damsel in distress or a girlfriend/wife in action films…… but, anyway ….

    Mini rant aside, this seems fun! I remember when Angelina was younger and she absolutely loved doing her own stunts and things like that. So it’s kind of a movie star version of, “Now that my kids are older, I can reclaim things I used to be interested in but haven’t had time for in years.”

    And I’m sorry but I unapologetically love Halle Berry as Storm. I don’t CARe that she had one of the cheesiest lines in super hero films ever. She was awesome.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    This is exciting!

  7. serena says:

    This is awesome! Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie?? I cannot wait!

  8. Midnight@theOasis says:

    I squealed in delight when I read this news yesterday. I’m all in on this one. Can’t wait to watch it. Always thought Halle should have gotten a spin off for her Jinx character in Bond.

  9. phlyfiremama says:

    I’m in!!! Take my money now, damn it.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I think I got a little tingle.

  11. JT says:

    Ooohh I’d love to see them team up!

  12. Coco says:

    Their was talk last month or earlier this month of Jolie and Halle having lunch together in NY, this seems to provide that it was true.

    I love this and I love that they are two “older” women and that it has woman director Roseanne Liang. Also a aggressive studio bidding war and eight-figure bid for a woman lead action movie yes.

  13. K says:

    This will be soooo fun!!! Very excited

  14. solidgold says:

    Angelina is not a believable action lead for reasons. Halle is definitely believable. She put in the training for Bruised. I believe she could take someone down if necessary. Jolie looked ridiculous in Those Who Wish Me Dead.

    • Ivy says:

      She’s been thin for a majority of her life and it’s never stopped her or stopped people from enjoying her movies. Thank God movies are just that. Movie.

    • Sierra says:

      Yeah, that’s why people are screaming for Salt 2, Angie to return as Tomb Raider and played the one character from Wanted that gained most praise and appreciation 🙄

      • SarahCS says:

        I’ve been waiting for Salt 2 for YEARS. We found it by accident and have watched it several times since. Love it.

        And I also regularly put OG Tomb Raider on, like Sunday evening tv.

    • Coco says:

      @ solidgold

      What’s funny about your comment is that their are videos on AJ on YouTube training for different action movie parts over the years and she is one of the very few Hollywood actresses to do majority in some cases all of her own stunts.

  15. LOL says:

    @SOLIDGOLD Hey Brad Pitt is that you ,stay bitter and deadbeat

  16. [insert_catchy_name] says:

    I’m in.

  17. SarahCS says:

    Please, take my money. This sounds like a great film and I can’t wait to see it.

  18. Dee Kay says:

    Finally a big budget Hollywood movie I can get excited about. This is a winning combo for me as I think both are great at action. Tbh I’m not sure Halle Berry can do anything convincingly besides action films, but action films and heroes, she can do for sure. Her Jinx in the Bond movie and her John Wick role are her best, most compelling performances imo. Jolie can do a lot more kinds of acting than action lead parts but she can 1000% do well at those. And we’ve never seen these two stars together on screen, right? So that alone will be cool. Hope this movie gets made quickly and I can see it next summer.

  19. Emme says:

    Yes, yes, YES!!! Ready and waiting girls!

  20. ML says:

    Omg, yes! A Hollywood film with two stars above 45 years of age in an ACTION SPY movie? No big-name male star mentioned “to get people into the theaters?” (Leo DiCaprio-minded guys are shaking their heads in confusion and horror.) I love this!

  21. Nibbi says:

    AJ? Spy vs Spy? These two insanely beautiful women kicking butt (potentially each others’) on-screen? DONE sold take my money