FLASHBACK: From the first script draft to a Kenyan vacation, we look at how Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie became involved in the film
The sole co-starring credit for the glitziest couple of the modern celebrity era remains their first one: an imperfect (and heavily reshot) action-comedy romp that…
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UPDATED: On Sept. 20, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt following two years of marriage. The actress, who directed Pitt in last year’s By the Sea, cited “irreconcilable differences” in court documents obtained by TMZ and asked for physical custody of the couple’s six children (Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox). Married in 2014, Pitt and Jolie first met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where a romance soon followed. “Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened,” Jolie said in a 2006 Vogue interview. “I think a few months in I realized, ‘God, I can’t wait to get to work.’ … Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair.”

Back in 2005, before the release of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, EW put together a timeline of Pitt and Jolie’s burgeoning relationship. Check it out below.


Spring 2000

Film student Simon Kinberg sends a seven-page outline about a couple of married spies to writer-producer Akiva Goldsman.

Summer 2000

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton tie the knot May 5 in Vegas. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston throw a $1 million Malibu wedding on July 29.

April 2001

Kinberg delivers a first-draft screenplay to Summit Entertainment. He’ll eventually deliver over 100 more versions. August 2001 Jolie is appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Fall 2001

Fox-based Regency Pictures agrees to finance Smith.

March 2002

Jolie and Thornton adopt a Cambodian baby. He’s given the name Maddox — and a Mohawk.

May 2002

John Woo kicks the tires to direct. Nicole Kidman begins circling to play Mrs. Smith.

July 2002

Jolie files for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. (The problem of that ”Billy Bob” tattoo can be resolved.)

Fall 2002

Pitt joins Kidman in negotiations to star in Smith, with Doug Liman likely to direct.

Summer 2003

Kidman drops out due to long Stepford Wives shoot. Jolie signs on as Pitt’s costar. He’ll start after Troy, she after Alexander.

January 2004

Filming begins in Los Angeles. Liman is ecstatic over his stars’ chemistry, but as time goes on, the schedule slips.

Late April 2004

With a good third of Smith still to be shot, Pitt leaves for Chicago to begin work on Ocean’s Twelve.

May 3, 2004

Rumors of Jolie and Pitt’s ”growing intimacy” on and off the Smith set are suddenly an Us Weekly ”Hot Topic” and a Star cover story.

May 10, 2004

Pitt and Aniston attend the Troy premiere in New York and dispel speculation of a Pitt-Jolie affair.

July 12, 2004

Ocean’s Twelve wraps.

August 2004

Filming on Smith resumes in L.A. and, later, Italy. Paparazzi snap the stars looking smitten. They’re in character, says the film troupe.

Dec. 27, 2004 – Jan. 8, 2005

Pitt and Aniston vacation in Anguilla.

Jan. 7, 2005

Pitt and Aniston announce they are separating. Entire forests are felled to print magazines heralding the news.

March 2005

During nine days of Smith reshoots outside L.A., paparazzi swarm but can’t get shots because the stars’ trailers are inside the set.

March 17, 2005

Between reshoots, Pitt and Jolie appear at ShoWest to promote the movie. Hours after they leave, Aniston arrives to receive an award.

March 25, 2005

Aniston files for divorce; that same weekend Pitt and Jolie stay at the Parker Palm Springs (separately) during a photo shoot promoting Smith.

April 19, 2005

Pitt and Jolie vacation in Kenya’s Diani Beach with Jolie’s 3-year-old son, Maddox.

April 30, 2005

According to PEOPLE, Pitt flies to London to pick up Jolie; the two jet off to Morocco, where Pitt is shooting Babel, and dine together in Pitt’s suite.

June 7, 2005

Smith will have its premiere in L.A. Will the stars attend? That’s classified.