Following last week’s announcement that Sharlto Copley is in talks to join the cast of Walt Disney Pictures’ Maleficent comes word, via The Hollywood Reporter, that five more have signed on, including Kenneth Cranham, Lesley Manville, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley and Imelda Staunton.
The film, a live-action fantasy that explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” is already set to star Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.
Cranham (Hot Fuzz, Made in Dagenham) will play a human king with machinations against the world of fairies. Manville (Another Year) will play Fittle and Staunton (Vera Drake, Harry Potter films), Knotgrass, two pixies that guard Fanning’s Aurora. Richardson (The Hours, Harry Potter films) is the fairy Queen Ulla and aunt to Maleficent and Riley (Control, On the Road) is Diaval, Maleficent’s aide with the power to turn into a raven.
Directed by Robert Stromberg with a script by Linda Woolverton, Maleficent is scheduled to hit theaters on March 14, 2014.
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