Brad Pitt is reportedly dating a 21-year-old actress who played a teenage Angelina

Brad Pitt is reportedly dating a 21-year-old actress who played a teenage Angelina

Well what do you know, it looks like Hollywood hunk and babe-magnet Brad Pitt might be in a new relationship. Since his split with long-time partner Angelina Jolie last year, the 53-year-old  has been rumoured to have rekindled a fling with Sienna Miller, and was suspected of having shown romantic interest in an LA-based artist. But now, we have some much juicier news.

According to In Touch Weekly, Pitt has "fallen for" for a 21-year-old actress. This rumoured new love interest shares a 32 year age gap with Pitt, and it doesn't look like 42-year-old Jolie is too impressed. A source told In Touch Weekly that she swiftly pointed out the girl is only five years older than her and Pitt's 16-year-old son Maddox.

“He realizes the huge age difference,” says the source, “and that everyone would look at the relationship as a midlife crisis mistake."

And worst of all?

In an extremely awkward twist of fate: it turns out that this girl played the younger version of Pitt's ex in a movie a few years ago. "So who is she?!", I hear you beg. It's 21-year-old British actress Ella Purnell, and she played the teenage version of Maleficent, the character Jolie starred as in the 2014 film of the same name.

In Touch Weekly reported that Pitt was "enchanted" by the actress and that he "can't get her out of his mind". In fact, he's apparently so taken by her that he had his production company cast her in a new drama series he's working on called Sweetbitter.

“Brad had Ella in mind from the get-go. He went out of his way to cast her,” a source told In Touch Weekly. “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.” (But come on, she's not the only one).

Even though he probably saw Maleficent with his then-wife in 2014 (like any good husband would), it's said that Pitt only set eyes on Purnell in 2016, in the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children where she starred as Emma. The British actress has also appeared in Never Let Me Go as the young Ruth, and in Churchill as Helene Garret.

But here's the thing: another source, claiming to be close to Purnell, told Mirror Online that there's zero truth to the rumours.

"It's completely made up," the source said. "They're not dating."

But never-the-less, the supposed sparks in the air between Pitt and Purnell have ignited something ferocious in his ex-wife and partner of 12 years, Jolie. “She’s furious about Brad’s interest in Ella and her being cast in Sweetbitter,” said the source. “She absolutely hates that Brad is cavorting with someone who played the teenage version of her in a film.”

But it looks like Pitt's not just infatuated by her youthful looks: "He’s taken with Ella’s spunky, funny demeanor and formidable acting skills.”

It's causing a bit of distraction for the star too: “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.”

At the moment things look to be platonic, with only rumours of flirtations circling the air. But this provocative source says that won’t last long: “It’s only a matter of time before Brad takes their relationship to the next level.”

I don't know... it all seems a bit dubious to me and as if this "source" is just trying to stir the pot (Jennifer Aniston, is that you?).