Angelina Jolie is executively producing The Breadwinner. The upcoming animated film follows a young girl’s experience living in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. The upcoming movie is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, published in 2000.

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles in January 2015.

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The Breadwinner follows a young girl, Parvana, who lives with her family in Kabul during the Taliban era. After her father is arrested, Parvana has to disguise herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. 

Jolie released a statement after the news of her role in The Breadwinner was confirmed.

"Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution," Jolie said, as THR reports.

"I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana."

Ellis has written the screen story and Anita Doron has penned the script. Irish animator, Nora Twomey, is set to direct. 

The film will be available in English and in Dari, the Afghan language. The Breadwinner is expected for release in 2017.

Jolie is continuing her roles behind the scenes, including directing First They Killed My Father for Netflix. Her latest film, By the Sea, is released later this year. She stars with her husband, Brad Pitt, as a wife and husband who are torn apart by grief. Jolie also wrote, directed and produced the upcoming film. 

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