The film is an adaptation of the book, "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl," by real-life widow Mariane Pearl, Daily Variety reported.
The author approved of casting Jolie,
"I am delighted that Angelina Jolie will be playing my role," said Mariane Pearl. "I deeply admire her work and what she is committed to."
The memoir will be directed by Michael Winterbottom, who directed "Welcome to Sarajevo," and will be produced by Pitt's company, Plan B.