Actor Brad Pitt is reportedly eyeing his former wife, Angelina Jolie’s lookalike Ella Purnell. Purnell, 21, played the young version of Jolie’s character in 2014’s Maleficent.
Brad Pitt has ‘moved on’ from ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, and is reportedly eyeing her lookalike, actor Ella Purnell. Purnell, 21, played the young version of Jolie’s character in 2014’s Maleficent.
Pitt was so “blown away” by her work in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children that the 53-year-old “jumped at the chance” to work with Purnell via his production company, Plan B, for Sweetbitter.
“Brad had Ella in mind from the get-go. He went out of his way to cast her. Ella is incredibly flattered by all the attention she’s getting from Brad. She’s told friends he’s always been her No. 1 celebrity crush,” said a source to In Touch.
According to the source, the camaraderie has not gone down well with Jolie as she is “furious about Pitt’s interest in Purnell and her being cast on Sweetbitter. She absolutely hates that Pitt is cavorting with someone who played the teenage version of her in a film”.
The source also pointed out that Jolie has noted that Purnell was only five years older than 16-year-old Maddox, one of the six children she shares with the War Machine actor.
“He realises the huge age difference,” says the source, “and that everyone would look at the relationship as a midlife crisis mistake.” But Brad’s attraction is more than just physical, says the source. “He’s taken with Ella’s spunky, funny demeanor and formidable acting skills.”
“Although Brad’s been working on his sci-fi space travel film Ad Astra, he’s been checking in with Ella weekly as she preps for production,” says the source. “Brad plans on coaching Ella for the show. He’s sure it’s going to be a hit and that it’s going to make Ella a star.”
“It’s only a matter of time before Brad takes their relationship to the next level,” the source predicts.