Angelina Jolie will star in a female-led western "The Kept," it was announced Monday.
Imperative Entertainment, the production company behind last year's "The Square" and "All the Money in the World," has acquired the 2014 novel "The Kept," written by James Scott, and Jolie will produce the film as well.
The script will be adapted by Alice Birch ("Lady Macbeth").
The film is set during the winter of 1897, and tells the story of midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage left after a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York, murdering her husband and four of her children.
She is injured by a gunshot and is tended to by her 12-year-old son Caleb, who survived the onslaught by hiding in the kitchen pantry. After she recovers, they set out to take the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.
Imperative Entertainment's Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will produce. Imperative Entertainment's head of film, Jillian Apfelbaum, will oversee development and production.
Imperative is currently in production on "The Mule," a crime drama being directed by Clint Eastwood, who will also star along with Bradley Cooper.
Jolie is repped by UTA. Birch is repped by UTA and United Agents in the UK, while Scott is repped by UTA & PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit