Today, The Walt Disney Studios announced that production has begun on the highly anticipated live action film Maleficant, starring Academy Award©-winning actress Angelina Jolie.
The film will tell the backstory of Sleeping Beauty’s villain, and explains what led to her bitterness and her reasons for ill will toward the Princess Aurora, which culminates in her placing a curse on the infant child.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, who is a two-time Oscar© Winner in the area of production design (Avatar and Alice in Wonderland), the screenplay is written by Disney veteran Linda Woolverton, who also penned The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Co-starring with Jolie will be Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement), and Lesley Manville (Secrets and Lies.)
Maleficent is slated for 3D release on March 14, 2014. Stay tuned for more details!
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