Despite frequently talking about slowing down her career, Angelina Jolie just signed onto a deal that has the potential to become a major franchise. Jolie will be playing medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, who is the lead in a hugely popular 16-book series written by Patricia Cornwell. The first film won't follow the plot of a specific book, but the studio hopes Angelina will be the next Jason Bourne.
Angelina is an action movie expert and is currently working on another suspense thriller, Salt, so it's familiar territory for the actress. While this doesn't sound like taking a break from movies, she still always finds a way to balance work and family life with Brad Pitt and their kids.