It's been a while since we've seen Angelina Jolie on the big screen, but one of her next films has her looking unlike we're used to seeing her. The film is called Come Away and it co-stars the actress and David Oyelowo as the parents of a pair of children who escape into their own imaginations, where they become Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. The new movie has wrapped filming and Oyelowo recently celebrated with a photo that shows how much Angelina Jolie has transformed for the role.
Angelina Jolie usually has dark hair but we see her here as a blonde. She's dressed all in black, which makes her skin look that much more pale by comparison. If you didn't know Angelina Jolie was in this photo, it wouldn't be that difficult to miss her entirely.
The fact that Angelina Jolie looks so different is likely due to the requirements of the role. Come Away deals with parents who have lost a child through some sort of traumatic accident. Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo get lost in their own despair over the loss, resulting in the child's siblings retreating into their own fantasies.
The story is being billed as a sort of prequel to both Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, as the children will apparently become these characters in their fantasy worlds. Whether the idea is that they become the inspirations for the books, or actually become the characters isn't clear. David Oyelowo calls the movie a "magical" reimagining so it seems like the latter is very much a possibility. Either way, it seems the film's darker overtones may be lightened by letting the audience escape into the fantasy the same way the children do.
We can see those children in the front of the image David Oyelowo posted to Instagram. Not everybody of note in the film is in the picture. Michael Caine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw both have roles in the film as well, though I can't find them here.
We haven't actually seen Angelina Jolie in a feature film since 2015's By the Sea so Come Away, while it doesn't have a release date at the moment, will probably be her first film on the screen in years. While Maleficent 2 was filmed first, it won't hit theaters until 2020.
However she looks, it's great to see Angelina Jolie getting in front of the camera again. Jolie has still been working over the last few years, but she's been working as a producer or director more than as an actress recently. She's also been working as a voice actress, so she's been heard on screen and simply not seen. She was part of Kung-Fu Panda 3 in 2016 and will also be lending her voice to the upcoming The One and Only Ivan.
With Come Away now going into post-production, it will be at least several more months before we see the finished film. This certainly sounds like the sort of movie that could be a strong holiday movie, and potentially even an awards contender, so a release around this time next year is highly likely.