The evil fairy Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty has held a special place in the hearts of Disney animation fans for a long time. She is unmitigated malevolence with no redeeming value whatsoever. She can also call upon the powers of Hell to turn into a pretty badass dragon, to boot. Now she’s getting her own film and it’s going to be live-action. Furthermore, it’s starring one of Hollywood’s hottest vixens in the title role.
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a U.S. release date of March 14, 2014, for Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villain. The live-action film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Leading a team of visionary filmmakers known for creating and transporting audiences to new and exciting worlds, Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) will direct with a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland). Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).
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