Angelina Jolie (Those Who Wish Me Dead)
Getting The Job Done
Those Who Wish Me Dead, out on May 14th, 2021 in theaters and HBO Max, is a neo-Western from the mind of the genius Taylor Sheridan.
When Connor Casserly (Finn Little) tries to escape the assassins who killed his father, he runs into fire warden Hannah Faber (Angelina Jolie) and strikes up an unlikely friendship in the midst of the blazes that threaten to consume them.
Jolie and her co-star Medina Senghore, who plays the Sheriffs wife, spoke to Screen Rant about what drew them to the script and how they connected to their screen partners.
Angelina, firefighters have had increasingly dangerous wildfires to deal with over the past few years, everywhere from California to Australia. How did real world events influenced your decision to join the project, if at all? - It actually did. I think sometimes when you see these people who live a life of service, you want to learn more about what they do. But the opportunity to shed a light on their world and honor them in some way and show them as heroic was really nice.
We are seeing more and more fires and, unfortunately, we are going to see more growing. I think we all want to take a minute - often on set, we would talk about them and whether or not we could do that job. And we all basically said no; we thought they were pretty remarkable.
Medina, you get to share the screen with Angelina Jolie and also Jon Bernthal. The two of you keep the film grounded in so many ways. Can you talk to me a little bit about the relationship between Allison and Ethan? - Sure. When we meet Allison and Ethan, they are in this beautiful nesting phase. They are living the life of their choosing, both doing what they were passionate about, and they are about to expand their family.
You just immediately fall in love with them, and then the world comes crashing in on them. And those circumstances reveal their character. I fell in love with their dynamic as soon as I read it.
Angelina, I want to talk about one of your co-stars for a second. Finn Littles amazing in this film. Can you talk to me about the relationship that your character Hannah has with Connor? They are on the run, there are wildfires - and when you guys get together, the intensity is just elevated. - When he auditioned, we really felt like we found him. Because he had to ground the movie; he had to be that good and ground the film.
What we liked the most - and it is because he is so talented - is that we got together, and we are like the two people who should not be together. He has this emotional, broken child has just been through all this, and he is with somebody who has just failed her psych exam and has no maternal instincts. It is just the two of them, so it was great.
Official Those Who Wish Me Dead Movie Trailer