Angelina Jolie's turn as the wicked fairy Maleficent in Disney's new action-adventure of the same name may be the last starring role we see the actress take on for quite some time. 

During a media event for the London premiere of the film, the 38-year-old revealed that she intends to step away from in front of the camera and instead pursue projects closer to her heart; namely writing, directing, and her extensive charity work. 

"It's going to be taking more of a back seat," she said of her acting. "I've had a wonderful career and I'm very happy to have had all the opportunities to tell stories and work for as long as I have.

"I'm sure there will be a few more films but I am happy I am able to be selective and have fun with characters like this but I would like to focus on writing and directing and above all I would like to focus more on my work with the UN and PSVI."

Jolie, who recently received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, spent a decade serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In 2012, she was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy to High Commissioner António Guterres; while also helping to launch the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) with Foreign Secretary William Hague. 

"I came into this business young and worried about my own experiences, my own pain," she said while accepting the Hersholt Humanitarian Award in November. "And it was only when I began to travel and look at life beyond my home that I understood my responsibility to others. And I’ve met survivors of war and famine, rape. I’ve learned what life is like for most people in this world. And how fortunate I was to have food to eat and a roof over my head, a safe place to live and the joy of having my family safe and healthy. And I have realized how sheltered I have been. And I was determined, never to be that way again."

A trailer for "Maleficent," which opens May 30th, is below.

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Angelina Jolie to focus on directing, charity work
Actress revealed her future plans while speaking at a London media event for her new film 'Maleficent'.