Angelina Jolie has made the movie The One And Only Ivan thanks to one of her six kids.
The 45-year-old actress explained how she boarded the film after one of her children brought the book to her attention.
‘I thought it was very important and wanted to get involved, I liked the messages in it … I know this young generation is really very aware of what is happening to our natural habitats, to these animals,’ said the performer who is still in the process of divorcing Brad Pitt.
Together Jolie and Pitt have six children: Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
She then added to Entertainment Tonight it was Shiloh who came forward with the book.
‘Well, Shiloh years ago told me that she had read a book that she loved and she wanted me to read it,’ said the activist.
‘I read it on my own and then we looked at some of it together and we talked about why she loved it. Then, I inquired if it was being made – as you do – into a film, and I found out that it was kind of in the works but kind of hadn’t [been] figured out.’
The Oscar-winning actress serves as a producer and voices elephant Stella in the Disney+ movie, which is based on the best-selling children’s story of the same name.
It centers on gorilla Ivan (voiced by Sam Rockwell), who performs at Mack’s (Bryan Cranston) circus but dreams of a life beyond the cage.
Also in the movie is child star Ariana Greenblatt who looks like a mini me version of the A list actress. The 12-year-old New York native child star plays Julia in the movie.
Speaking to website Digital Spy, Angelina said: ‘Disney, Mike (White) and everybody involved really (understood) it has its heart.
‘It’s not a light film, it deals with heavy issues, but it is charming, fun and full of life. But it’s deceptive in the packaging.’
Director Thea Sharrock added that they didn’t want the film to ‘feel like a documentary’ which influenced decision-making during the production, such as the size of the bars in Ivan’s cage.
She said: ‘This is not just any studio, it’s Disney, so we definitely knew there was a tone we had to get right.
‘There are some shots we chose very carefully when we came to edit it, that certain scenes there are no bars to be seen whatsoever, and in other moments, we’ve chosen very carefully when the presence of the bars are there so that they are a constant reminder.
‘It’s not easy when your leading character is behind bars for 80 per cent of the movie and you have to hold at its heart that he creates a dream, he’s given a gift by Stella to create a gift of a dream to get out.’
This article appears after ex Pitt has fired back at Jolie via his legal team, after she filed a request to remove Judge John W. Ouderkirk from their almost four-year-long divorce battle earlier this week.
Angelina filed papers on August 7 claiming that Ouderkirk – who married the former couple at their French estate Château Miraval in 2014 – failed to disclose other ‘business relationships’ he had with Pitt’s lawyers, suggesting that he would be ‘biased’ in their divorce case.
However, Pitt, 56, has responded in papers filed on August 13, calling Jolie’s filing a ‘Hail Mary’ – an American Football reference to deliberately delay a game – according to legal documents obtained by PEOPLE.
In them, Pitt’s legal team accuses the actress of making a ‘transparently tactical gambit’ to delay matters, adding that it will be their own children who are ‘hurt most’ by the hold up.
The papers describe Jolie’s request as ‘a thinly-veiled attempt by Jolie to delay the adjudication of long-pending custody issues in this case.’
PageSix also adds that Pitt’s team called Jolie’s filing ‘an abrupt cry of judicial bias [that] reeks of bad faith and desperation.’
The former power couple split in 2016, effectively ending a 12-year relationship and two years of marriage.
Jolie alleged in her filing that Ouderkirk ‘failed to make timely mandatory disclosures of ongoing business and professional relationships between himself’ and Pitt’s legal team.
She added in her request that she was ‘never afforded the opportunity to even raise a concern or to object to the ever-increasing business relationships between Judge Ouderkirk and [Pitt’s] counsel — relationships that were providing a steady stream of income to Judge Ouderkirk and the potential for future work.’
Adding: ‘These are precisely the type of repeat customer circumstances that create doubts about a privately-compensated private judge’s ability to remain impartial.’
Yet, Pitt’s team has responded saying Jolie had been made fully aware that Ouderkirk had accepted ‘additional new engagements’ involving the actor’s team, and that she had ‘never objected’ to Ouderkirk’s ‘continued involvement’ in the proceedings until now.