Over year ago it was announced that Disney would be adaptating Katherine Applegates Newbury Medal winning book The One And Only Ivan. Months later it was announced that Thea Sharrock (Me Before You) was attached to direct with Mike White (School Of Rock) adapting the screenplay, but since then we have heard of no new movement on the project until now.
According to Deadline, Angelina Jolie is set to star and produce. Jolie will voice Stella the elephant in the live-action/CGI film.
Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Stella enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.
The studio is looking to cast an actress who will play the Janitors daughter, who plays a pivotal role in saving Ivan and Stella both.
Jolie is going to be with the Disney Company as she is also set to return as Maleficent in Maleficent 2.
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