Elle Fanning has opened up about Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s film debut, as the Young Princess Aurora in Maleficent.
Speaking exclusively to GLAMOUR.COM while promoting her new movie, Ginger & Rosa, Elle, who plays the Princess Aurora, said: “She’s so cute. They dressed her up in the costume. She looked adorable.”
But Elle confessed that she hadn’t yet seen Angelina Jolie’s daughter’s acting talents for herself. “I wasn’t there when they actually filmed it but I saw pictures of her. She’s so cute.”
Elle and Vivienne star with Angelina Jolie, who plays the evil queen Maleficent, in the re-telling of the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty.
“She’s amazing. There’s no one better for that part,” said Elle. “She’s so elegant in the way that she stands. She’s also very motherly too. She was so nice to me. I had a really fun time with her.
The globetrotting tot will make her feature film debut opposite her Academy Award winning mom, Angelina Jolie, in Maleficent, a rep for Walt Disney Studios confirmed to Us Weekly August 22.
Knox’s 4-year-old twin sister will play the child version of Elle Fanning’s Princess Aurora in the live-action movie, a reimagining of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, told from the villainess’ perspective.
Other cast members in Maleficent include Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, India Eisley, Miranda Richardson and Kenneth Cranham. The film is slated for a March 2014 release.
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EXCLUSIVE: Brenton Thwaites has been set as the prince in Maleficent, the Robert Stromberg-directed Disney film that stars Angelina Jolie as the title character and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Who is Thwaites? He’s here from Australia, where he played a role in the Aussie TV series Home And Away, which got him the Lifetime Channel film Blue Lagoon: The Awakening. That film, which he shot with fellow Australian Indiana Evans, will be released next month. Before that he played in the TV dramaSLiDE in Australia, which was his breakout role. He is repped by WME and managed by Industry Entertainment and Australia-based Shanahan Management.
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Italy 2 December 2011 (Turin Film Festival)
France 25 January 2012 (Gerardmer Fantasy Film Festival)
Belgium 11 April 2012
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Russia 26 April 2012
Sweden 20 June 2012 (DVD premiere)
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Veteran actresses Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson are joining Maleficent, Disney’s live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that stars Angelina Jolie.
Also boarding the production, being directed by Robert Stromberg, are Kenneth Cranham (Made in Dagenham), Sam Riley (Brighton Rock) and Lesley Manville (Another Year).
Jolie is playing the title character in the project that tells the fairy tale from the point of view of the witch that cursed Aurora to a permanent sleep on her 16th birthday.
Elle Fanning already is on board as Aurora, and Sharlto Copley is Stefan, the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king.
Staunton and Manville are playing Knotgrass and Flittle, respectively, two of the three pixies who end up taking care of Aurora. (They were fairies in the original tales.)
Richardson will play Queen Ulla, a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt — and dislikes her niece.
Cranham will play the human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom.
Riley takes the role of Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent’s right hand.
Staunton, repped by Paradigm and the U.K.’s Artists Rights Group, might be best known to American audiences as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies. She also starred in 2004’s Vera Drake, which garnered her an Oscar nomination.
Richardson, a two-time Oscar nominee, played Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter movies and appeared in AMC’s short-lived series Rubicon. She is repped by Parseghian Planco and the U.K.’s Independent Talent Group.
Disney’s Maleficent, a live-action origins story starringAngelina Jolie as one of Disney’s most iconic villians, is eyeing a June start date in London.
One possibility for the role of Aurora is Elle Fanning, who is in talks to join the cast. Fanning’s star status rose last year with Somewhere and J.J. Abrams sci-fi movie Super 8.
Robert Stromberg will directMaleficent from a script byLinda Woolverton and is already in the U.K. prepping the film. Malificent is a passion project for Jolie and will be her next acting role.
Jolie, who recently made her feature directorial debut with Bosnian war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, has long been toying with the idea of playing the famous fairy-sorceress in the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.
In December she told THR her children want her to make the movie and even call her “mom-elicent.” She’s also eager to make a live-action family film after her experience voicing the Kung Fu Panda franchise.
Jolie told THR that she was drawn to screenwriter Woolverton’s revisionist take on the fairy tale and the complex relationship between Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty.
Stromberg was the production designer on Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Disney’s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful.