Juno Temple Joins Maleficent

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The cast for Walt Disney Pictures’ reimagining of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale, Maleficent, has been coming together over the last few weeks and the new name joining the cast is Juno Temple, who will play Thistlewit, one of three pixies along with veteran British actresses Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville.

These pixies are in charge of caring for Aurora, the actual sleeping beauty played by Elle Fanning, although they’re “neglectful and superficial.” Angelina Jolie plays the title character, the witch Maleficent who puts the curse on Aurora that sends her into a permanent sleep on her 16th birthday.

Juno Temple has appeared in numerous independent films, starring in last year’s Dirty Girl, and later this summer, she’s playing “Holly Robinson” in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as well as appearing in William Friedkin’s Killer Joe.

Directed by first-timer Robert Stromberg, the cast also includes District 9‘s Sharlto Copley (as a half-human, half-fairy), Miranda Richardson, Kenneth Cranham and Sam Riley.

Maleficent is shooting this summer in London for a March 14, 2014 release date.

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