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Iranian producer in talks to hire Angelina Jolie

Source: Tehran Times

An Iranian producer said on Tuesday that he is in negotiations to hire American actress Angelina Jolie for a film project, which will be shot in Iran.

Angelina olie in Canes 2011 by Georges Biard
Angelina Jolie in Cannes 2011
photo by Georges Biard

"We entered into discussions with Angelina Jolie's manager Geyer Kosinski and (Angelina Jolie's attorney) Robert Offer 10 days ago," Ali Sartipi told the Persian service of the Fars News Agency.

"According to the discussions, it appears that Mrs. Jolie has shown an interest in coming to Iran to act in an Iranian film, but the necessary arrangements must be made beforehand," he added.

He declined to name the film project and its director.

Asked if he thinks the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance will approve the project, Sartipi said, "We plan to first obtain Angelina Jolie's consent to act in the project and then to enter into discussions with the Culture Ministry."

He went on to say that the screenplay of the project is currently being translated into English in order to be sent to Jolie. "If she gives the OK, we will enter into discussions on other issues like rate of pay," he added.

All film projects in Iran must obtain the approval of the Culture Ministry's Supervision and Evaluation Office (SEO).

SEO Director Alireza Sajjadpur declined to comment on the report in a phone interview with FNA.

"It is not appropriate for me to comment on a report published in media outlets," Sajjadpur told FNA.

He said that he prefers to only comment on official letters received by his office.

Jolie would be the first Hollywood star to act in an Iranian film in the country if Sartipi can obtain the Culture Ministry's approval for the project.

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