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Angelina Jolie devastated by Malaysia Airlines tragedy, confirms directing Brad Pitt in ‘By the Sea’

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Angelina Jolie was one of thousands who took to social media to express their reaction over the recent Malaysia Airlines tragedy, which has been blamed on Russian separatist rebels. The “Maleficent” star said she was devastated and saddened to hear of the tragedy.

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 downed over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people including one Canadian, one New Zealander, three Filipinos, four Germans, four Belgians and 10 Britons including one dual United Kingdom-South Africa citizen, 12 Indonesians including one infant, 27 Australians, 43 Malaysians including two infants and 15 crew members and 193 Dutch including one dual Netherlands/United States citizen. The rest of the victims are yet to be identified.

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Meanwhile, Jolie has confirmed she will be the director of the upcoming movie of her husband Brad Pitt with Universal Pictures entitled “By The Sea,” which she will also write and star in. Described as an intimate, character-driven drama, the film will be shot with Mediterranean setting in Malta for approximately eight weeks.

“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna and the entire Universal team as I finish ‘Unbroken’ and begin work on ‘By The Sea,'” Jolie said. “They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.”

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In 2011, Jolie made her directorial debut with the romantic drama “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” It was followed by the upcoming war drama “Unbroken,” which is based on the late Louis Zamperini‘s life and will be released on December 25, 2014.

Aside from being Jolie’s third film as a director, “By The Sea” also her first reunion on the big screen with Pitt since “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in 2005. In “Maleficent,” she co-starred with three of her children, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt.

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