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 that’s good for young girls in this," says Jolie, "because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person, but she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect... In general, it’s a very good message to say, “let’s 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 doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either. It doesn’t 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.
"I’ve already got my horns fitted," adds Jolie. "My kids are very happy... We’re still figuring out the look. We’re experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns – you can’t deny them. You have to have horns."
Maleficent is currently without an announced release date, but check back for details as they become available.