Having reached my saturation point for gossip about Angelina Jolie's adoption habits some time ago, it's kind of a relief to read some news that doesn't focus on her personal life. Last month, Matt shared word that Jolie had signed to star in the big screen version of Wanted. Now, The Chicago Tribune reports that Jolie is in Chicago doing some preliminary work on the film, although exactly what kind of work isn't really known yet; all we know is that she's testing out Dodge Vipers. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch / Day Watch), the story of Wanted is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Mark Millar and J.G Jones. The plot centers on a young man (James McAvoy), who discovers after his father's murder that the old man was a member of an elite group of assassins.
Morgan Freeman will also star as one of the founding members of the group and Jolie will act as McAvoy's mentor while they break him into the family business. Her character has been described as 'Catwoman-like,' although she's apparently more of a villain than Catwoman. Most of the film is being shot in Prague, but Jolie will be due back in Chicago later this summer to shoot some of the action sequences. Already, gossip hounds are salivating over the prospect of Jolie bringing the whole family to the set when production starts -- remember the good old days when she used to be just an actress and not a tabloid staple? Wanted is currently penciled in for a March 28, 2008 release, so stay tuned to Cinematical for updates.