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First Maleficent still arrives

20 Jun 2012
Angelina Jolie playing the villainess
Production began just a week ago on Disney’s revisionist fairytale Maleficent and we’ve already got the first tantalising glimpse of Angelina Jolie as the powerful villainess.
Angelina Jolie as in Maleficent
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The film focuses on the story of Sleeping Beauty from an unusual perspective, that of antagonist, witch and sometime dragon Maleficient. The project went through a number of directors (including Tim Burton, shudder) before landing on first time feature helmer Robert Stromberg – better known as the production designer on hits like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.Jolie has long been on board in the lead role and is joined on screen by Sharlto Copley, Miranda Richardson, Imelda Staunton, Sam Riley and Lesley Manville. The Princess Aurora is set to be played by Elle Fanning while busy girl Juno Temple is also in the mix. It’s not clear as yet just how the story will play out from the new perspective, as we’re not quite sure if Disney is ready for a movie in which the villain wins, but there’s no doubt this first shot looks visually impressive. And Stromberg and his team have plenty of time to get everything else right, with the film not set to bow until 2014.Maleficent will be in theatres in March 2014. More details as we get them.
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