Wanted Reunion? Angelina Jolie Eyeing Lead in Mark Millar & Stuart Immonen's Empress

by Russ Burlingame

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Angelina Jolie is among the actors being considered for the title role in Empress, a film based on Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen's upcoming creator-owned series from Marvel Comics's Epic imprint.

ComicBook.com has learned that the rights to the series have been optioned in a move that could potentially reunite Wanted creator Mark Millar with Jolie, who helped catapult the film to more than $300 million at the global box office.

The comic, which will launch in April, centers on the wife of a galactic dictator, who leaves him, taking her three children along. With the aid of a bodyguard, she takes the kids -- not all of whom want to be free of their father -- to her home world for refuge.

Needless to say, it's not that simple.

Empress is reported to be planned for a trilogy of six-issue miniseries.

It’s rare to have an action role for a 40-year-old actress, which has created a bit of buzz around the part. Jolie is actively courting it, but our sources indicate there are at least two more names in the mix. There are a fairly limited number of age-appropriate female actresses who are action-ready, although obviously Sandra Bullock has the look, is a box office draw and is no stranger to roles that require her to kick some ass (no Mark Millar pun intended there).

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.