Walt Disney Studios has announced the official start of production on Maleficent with the release of the first image of Oscar winner Angelina Jolie in the title role.
The film, which marks the directorial debut of production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland), tells “the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty,” and “reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.”
Maleficent, which opens March 14, 2014, co-stars 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 & Lies).
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