Netflix prepares for Brangelina battle with two new releases from Pitt and Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will go head to head with both of their Netflix films set to be released at a similar time. Photo / Getty
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will go head to head with both of their Netflix films set to be released at a similar time. Photo / Getty

Brangelina may be headed for Splittsville but the heat around their acting careers has never been stronger, with both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie due to release new movies on Netflix.

Pitt teamed with Australian director David Michod (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) on War Machine, which filmed in London late last year but, like Brad's marriage, has hit trouble since.

Brad Pitt sighted performing on the set of the film 'War Machine' at the Adlon Hotel on November 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Photo / Getty
Brad Pitt sighted performing on the set of the film 'War Machine' at the Adlon Hotel on November 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Photo / Getty

Casino king and sometime movie mogul James Packer's RatPac Entertainment had been bank-rolling the production, but sold on the rights to the streaming service for a staggering $60 million.

Pitt plays General Dan McMahon in the comedy war film adapted from the late Michael Hastings' bestseller, The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America's War In Afghanistan.

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The Netflix blurb describes the storyline as "the general (Pitt) and his motley staff of commanders and press advisers race across the globe navigating delicate international alliances and troop requests, the charged battlefield of Washington politics, the voracious appetite of the media, and the day-to-day management of the war itself - all the while struggling to stay connected to the lives of men and women out in the field."

Brad Pitt sighted performing on the set of the film 'War Machine' at the Adlon Hotel on November 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Photo / Getty
Brad Pitt sighted performing on the set of the film 'War Machine' at the Adlon Hotel on November 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Photo / Getty

Michod's actor girlfriend Mirrah Foulkes (last seen on local TV in SBS drama, The Principal) told TV Insider the Jolie-Pitt clan relocated to London for the duration of filming last October.

Netflix has slated it for release in early 2017, about the same time as Angelina's biopic, First They Killed My Father - about Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, who recounts the horrors she suffered under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Writer and human rights activist Loung Ung who escaped Cambodia during the rule of the Khmer Rogue. Photo / Getty
Writer and human rights activist Loung Ung who escaped Cambodia during the rule of the Khmer Rogue. Photo / Getty

The production, which began filming last February, was directed by Jolie, written by Jolie and Ung and based on the latter's memoir of the same name.

Racks of human skulls & bones of slaughtered Cambodians, a grisly reminder of the atrocities perpertrated by Pot Pol, of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge. Photo / Getty
Racks of human skulls & bones of slaughtered Cambodians, a grisly reminder of the atrocities perpertrated by Pot Pol, of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge. Photo / Getty

Jolie also produced the film, but even more interestingly - given the latest accusations drawing the Jolie-Pitt children into their parents' war - Jolie's adopted son Maddox was said to have worked alongside his mother in the production.

Angelina Jolie and baby Maddox after she adopted him from Cambodia. Photo / Getty
Angelina Jolie and baby Maddox after she adopted him from Cambodia. Photo / Getty

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