*Zombielicious heart throb Brad Pitt is all over the place promoting his latest project, the zombie thriller “World War Z,” to be released by Paramount Pictures, UTV Motion Pictures and Skydance Productions June 21, 2013. Produced by Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
Directed by German director Marc Forster (“Monster’s Ball,” “Quantum of Solace”), the apocalyptic-disaster film, which also stars South African actor Fana Mokoena (Thierry), is based on Max Brooks’ fantastic novel of the same name. In addition to Pitt and his co-zombie fighter Mokoena, the highly-anticipated summer blockbuster features a top-notch cast that includes Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
Recently the superstar actor popped up in four cities in one day – Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Texas – to promote his upcoming zombie spectacle stunning unsuspecting fans. During the media blitz, the one-man promotion star tossed free T-shirts to his adoring fans who chanted back, “We love you.”
Pitt was joined by his beautiful and brave fiancé Angelina Jolie, who underwent a preventative double mastectomy earlier this year, on the black carpet for the global premiere of “World War Z” on Sunday, June 2 in London that featured a concert by rock band Muse whose music is featured in the zombie flick. This was her first official public appearance and she nailed it wearing a custom Saint Laurent black gown.
Once again she dazzled the crowd at her second appearance in Paris on Monday, June 3 wearing a custom Saint Laurent suit, at the French premiere of her man’s new zombastic movie. And at the Berlin premiere on Tuesday, June 4, she wore a jaw-dropping white strapless silk Ralph & Russo peplum dress. The handsome Pitt wore his signature all-black attire to all of the shows. A more gorgeous couple is hard to find!
In addition to promoting “World War Z,” the couple celebrated her 38th birthday at a romantic dinner at the chic wine restaurant Il Vino in Paris. The dynamic duo who have six children had a lot to celebrate as she recently underwent three surgeries in which her breasts were removed, and later replaced by implants hopefully resulting in reducing her chances of developing breast cancer from 87 percent to under 5 percent. Jolie has a family history of cancer having lost her mom and most recently her aunt from the dreaded disease.
The couple said they had been moved by the outpouring of public support that followed her disclosure. “I have such respect for her,” Pitt said. “The fact that she would not be frightened of this, what she would have to go through to do this, to take this specter away from our family and ensure that she would be there longer for our family, and the kids … I get very emotional about it.”
The proud husband also applauded his wife’s courage and was thrilled that her decision will help others facing similar medical challenges. “I did not expect what a tipping point, how much it would mean for others to hear her stories, others that might be wrestling with the same things,” he stated.
About Fana Mokoena
Fana Mokoena is a South African actor who won universal attention for his portrayal of General Bizimingu in the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda,” opposite Don Cheadle. He previously worked with director Marc Forster on his film “Machine Gun Preacher,” in which he portrayed John Garang, leader of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. Other film credits include supporting roles in “Inside Story,” “Man on Ground,” for which he received the Africa Movie Academy Award, “Safe House” and “Violence.” He is best known in South Africa for his lead roles in the television series “Yizo Yizo,” “Generations” and “The Lab.” He won the 2010 South Africa Film and Television Award for his work in “The Lab” and Best Supporting Actor Avante Award for “Yizo Yizo” in 1999. He earned an International Emmy Award nomination for his performance in the miniseries “Hopeville” and had a starring role on the South African series “Soul City.
New York-based and award-winning journalist Audrey J. Bernard covers entertainment, fashion & beauty, film, lifestyles, and travel exclusively for the Electronic Urban Report.