• Angelina Jolie is set to play a Purple Heart recipient in 'Shoot Like A Girl'. (AAP)Source: AAP
A-lister returns to action genre to portray trailblazing combat officer.

4 Oct 2016 - 10:14 AM  UPDATED 4 Oct 2016 - 10:14 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Angelina Jolie is in early negotiations to star in the Afghanistan war drama Shoot Like a Girl, sources confirm.

The TriStar film is based on the upcoming memoir 'Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front', which tells the true story of Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar, who served multiple tours in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot.

The Purple Heart recipient saved hundreds of men and women on and off the battlefield in the Middle East and later helped eliminate the military's ground combat exclusion policy, which kept female officers from serving in combat roles.

Shoot Like a Girl would mark Jolie's first action project as an actor since The Tourist and Salt in 2010. She has since toplined Disney's Maleficent and co-starred with her ex, Brad Pitt, in the 2015 drama By the Sea, which tanked at the box office.

She is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group.