Cast of Jolie Pitt's Cambodia-set film to be entirely local

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Posted: Sep 24, 2015 7:08 AM
Cast of Jolie Pitt's Cambodia-set film to be entirely local

NEW YORK (AP) — Angelina Jolie Pitt has been in scouting locations in Cambodia for her next film, "First They Killed My Father," which she is casting entirely with local talent.

In a statement Thursday to The Associated Press, Jolie Pitt said she has spent the last week doing research and pre-production on the film before beginning shooting in Cambodia in November. She said she's striving, through meetings with Cambodians, to ensure the movie about the deadly Khmer Rouge regime is "accurate and faithful" to the 1970s events.

Jolie Pitt is collaborating with Cambodian author and human rights activist Luong Ung, who said the film "will be made with Cambodians as a symbol of dignity and an act of memory." The two wrote the script together, adapted from Ung's 2000 memoir.

Jolie Pitt has said her 14-year-old Cambodia-born son, Maddox, is heavily involved in the movie, which is told from a child's perspective.

"First They Killed My Father" is planned for release by Netflix in late 2016. Jolie Pitt's upcoming film, "By the Sea," in which she co-stars with Brad Pitt, will be released Nov. 13.