We all know Alice from ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Peter from PETER PAN, but did you know that they were brother and sister? Neither did I. An upcoming fantasy/drama aims to tell the story of those two siblings, as well as their parents, who Deadline reports may be played by Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo.
David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie are in talks to star in COME AWAY, which will serve as the live-action directorial debut of Brenda Champman, director and co-writer of Pixar’s BRAVE. The film is “imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents (Jolie & Oyelowo) from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination. This sets the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.” Sounds…interesting. In a statement, Brenda Champman said, “Angelina and David are going to bring a beautiful chemistry and depth to this magical story, giving audiences a wonderful step outside the expected.” Marissa Kate Goodhill, who has penned the script for COME AWAY, added:
Brenda is a singular storyteller. Her decades of experience in creating rich fantasy worlds populated by complex characters make her a dream director for this project, which explores how fantasy functions as a way to cope with reality. Her thoughtful approach to filmmaking and indomitable talent make her the perfect person to bring this story to life.
Production is expected to get underway later this year in the U.K., with Angelina Jolie joining the shoot in Los Angeles in the fall. Jolie began shooting MALEFICENT II recently, which will reportedly take place several years after the events of the first film as it explores the relationship between Maleficent (Jolie) and the future Queen (Elle Fanning). Together, the pair will have to form a new alliance as they face unspeakable evils in the on-going battle to protect the moors and the magical creatures who dwell within. David Oyelowo will next be seen in the sci-fi/horror film ONLY YOU as well as CHAOS WALKING, Doug Liman‘s big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness’ YA novel which stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.