Angelina Jolie’s next film is not just a very high-profile effort, but one that has much more meaning to her as a mother. Jolie is known for her roles where she can kick ass and bring the drama, but she’s also dipped into the family-friendly pool before with voice acting in Shark Tale and the Kung Fu Panda films. Now, Jolie is ready to dive back into the genre with her first ever Disney film Maleficent, which the actress has said she pursued not only due to the script but because she wanted to do a film that her kids could enjoy. While the project has been getting ready for sometime, Disney has officially announced today that not only is the film in principal photography, but they’ve also unveiled the first look at Jolie as the titularSleeping Beauty villain.
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The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on “Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are 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”).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).
Maleficent is scheduled to hit theaters on March 14th, 2014.