Director Oliver Stone has buttressed his epic “Alexander” by setting Angelina Jolie to play the Macedonian conqueror’s mother, Olympias.
Actress joins Colin Farrell as Alexander and Anthony Hopkins, who was previously set to play Ptolemy in the Intermedia-financed film.
Jolie will play Alexander’s mother from his childhood through his reign as the king. Jolie will shoot her scenes in Morocco and London in the fall. The role of Phillip, Alexander’s father, has yet to be cast.
Warner Bros. is the domestic distributor of the pic.
Jolie will make “Alexander” before she plays another period heroine, Catherine the Great, in “Love and Honor,” the Randall Wallace-directed film for Disney, which begins production in Russia next spring (Daily Variety, June 20).
“Alexander” goes head-to-head with the unnamed Alexander the Great project being directed by Baz Luhrmann, who is producing with Dino de Laurentiis. That Universal/DreamWorks pic will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Alexander and Nicole Kidman as Olympias.
The Industry-repped Jolie opens Friday in Paramount’s sequel “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.” She is currently filming WB’s D.J. Caruso-directed “Taking Lives,” starring Ethan Hawke, and just wrapped “The World of Tomorrow” with Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. She also stars in “Beyond Borders,” directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Clive Owen, which opens in October.