Angelina Jolie teams up with Irish animation team Cartoon Salon on new film
Hollywood A-Lister Angelina Jolie has joined forces with Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon.
Jolie will act as executive producer on the Oscar-nominated production company's next film, The Breadwinner.
Based on the popular children's novel by Deborah Ellis, it tells the story of Parwana, a 12-year-old girl growing up in Afghanistan in 2001.
Jolie said she was delighted to be working with such a talented and creative production team.
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"I know they will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana," she said.
"Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution."
The Breadwinner will be directed by Nora Twomey, who has been working closely with Jolie in Los Angeles.
"The subject matter is very close to Angelina's heart," Twomey said.
"All of us at Cartoon Saloon are delighted that she has joined The Breadwinner."
Jolie will donate any profits derived from her role as executive producer to the education of Afghan girls.
A version of the film will be produced in Dari in addition to the English-language version.
Cartoon Saloon has won international acclaim in recent years after receiving Oscar nominations for feature films Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells.
The company recently worked with Salma Hayek on an animated version of Kahlil Gibran's iconic book of poetic essays The Prophet.
"She was incredible to work with," said Cartoon Saloon founder Tomm Moore.