The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on Maleficent
, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.
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
) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (Planet of the Apes
, Men in Black
is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.
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