Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action Sleeping Beauty re-telling, Maleficent, is now eyeing a June start with Angelina Jolie in the leading role and Robert Stromberg making his directing debut. Today, the actress spoke with EW about the part and what audiences can expect when the evil sorceress comes to the big screen.
“It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something thats good for young girls in this,” says Jolie, “because it sounds like youre saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person, but shes not perfect. Shes far from perfect… In general, its a very good message to say, lets look at something from the other side. But then also, what our challenge will be and the script writer [Linda Woolverton] has already cracked it is not to simplify it, not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesnt point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either. It doesnt flip it.”
Stromberg, best known for having served as a production designer on Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Disney’s upcoming, Oz the Great and Powerful, is currently in the stage of perfecting the film’s visual design.
“Ive already got my horns fitted,” adds Jolie. “My kids are very happy… Were still figuring out the look. Were experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns you cant deny them. You have to have horns.”
Maleficent is currently without an announced release date, but check back for details as they become available.
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