Angelina Jolie set to star as villain in the March 14, 2014 release
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th,Â on â€œMaleficent,â€ starring Academy AwardÂ®â€“winning actress Angelina Jolie.
Directed by two-time OscarÂ®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (â€œAvatar,â€ â€œAlice in Wonderlandâ€), in his directorial debut,Â and produced by Joe Roth, â€œMaleficentâ€ is written by Linda Woolverton (â€œThe Lion King,â€ â€œBeauty and the Beastâ€) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (â€œDistrict 9â€), Elle Fanning (â€œSuper 8â€), Sam Riley (â€œOn the Roadâ€), Imelda Staunton (â€œVera Drakeâ€), Miranda Richardson (â€œThe Hoursâ€), Juno Temple (â€œAtonementâ€) and Lesley Manville (â€œSecrets & Liesâ€).
This is the untold story of Disneyâ€™s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic â€œSleeping Beauty.â€ The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy AwardÂ®â€“winning cinematographer Dean Semler (â€œDances with Wolves,â€ â€œIn the Land of Blood and Honeyâ€), production designer Gary Freeman (â€œSaving Private Ryan,â€ â€œThe Bourne Supremacyâ€), two-time OscarÂ® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (â€œSchindlerâ€™s List,â€ â€œThe Pianistâ€) and seven-time Academy Awardâ€“winning makeup artist Rick Baker (â€œPlanet of the Apes,â€ â€œMen in Blackâ€).
â€œMaleficentâ€ is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.