Princess Aurora

Shooting is now underway on the long-in-the-works live-action fairy tale film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie as the villain from Sleeping Beauty. Today, we get our first look at what Jolie looks like as Maleficent, right down to the horned head wear. Check it out:

Also, Disney has released some character details and other slight reveals about what’s involved with the film.The plot will chronicle how Maleficent became so badass and the “human/faerie conflict”(?). Joining Jolie are Elle Fanning as the young Princess Aurora (AKA: Sleeping Beauty), Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville as the fairies that will later protect the teenage Aurora from Malificent’s curse, and Sharlto Copley as Aurora’s father King Stefan.

Here are some more details from the Disney press release:

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 for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

Source: /Film

Angelina Jolie really got the ball rolling when she spoke publicly about wanting to play the evil queen in Maleficient.  The project had been in development for quite a while.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, who’s had effects experience with a number of films, including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Alice in Wonderland.  His experiences with Disney probably helped land him in the hot seat.  It’s all about connections, obviously.

At this moment, Elle Fanning, the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, is in talks with the studio with regards to playing the role of Princess Aurora – or, better known as Sleeping Beauty.

I think she’d be a great choice.  It’s also interesting that there’s a fairy tale theme emerging with upcoming TV shows and movies…  Are we finally past the vampire phase?

Source: /Film, Deadline