finally!! I doubt we’ll see Elle, but fingers crossed! (x)
Maleficent, which was originally slated to open on July 2, 2014, is now debuting on May 30, 2014. As of now, its only competition is the Seth MacFarlane Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West on May 30, 2014. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning star in this live-action revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty, told from the villain Maleficent’s point-of-view.
ANAHEIM - Angelina Jolie surprised the crowd at Disney’s biannual D23 event by taking the stage in order to discuss her upcoming fantasy film “Maleficent,” and introduce some exclusive footage from the film.
The film is the latest big-budget Hollywood treatment of a classic fairy tale, although this take on the beloved story “Sleeping Beauty” won’t be the way you remember the story.
Jolie stars as the title baddie, and the film will show the fairy tale from her perspective. What’s surprising, however, is just how slavishly faithful the film appears to be to Disney’s 1959 animated version.
The D23 clip was essentially a remake of the opening scene of the 1959 film, in which the infant princess Aurora’s (Elle Fanning) christening is rudely interrupted by Maleficent, who is bitter for not being invited, and seems to have an ugly history with the king, played by Sharlto Copley. In a flurry of anger green flame, she curses the baby to fall into a permanent coma on her sixteenth birthday. Naturally, only true love’s kiss can awaken her. The film will delve into the past and explore how Maleficent came to be so nasty.
The scene allows Jolie to vamp it up as an intimidating and angular villainess who looks pretty much exactly like her animated counterpart. It was dark and full of CGI (including Aurora’s flying fairy friends) but seems to closely maintain the spirit of the original film.
As Jolie put it, “It has to have an edge and something sexy and darker and more and we still had to stay true to the original.”
"Maleficent" is the directorial debut of Robert Stromberg, art director for "Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Oz the Great and Powerful."
In addition to introducing the clip, Jolie talked about growing up a fan of both “Sleeping Beauty” and Maleficent, saying, “I was terrified of her, but I was always drawn to her. She had this elegance and this grace, and yet she was so cruel.”
The Oscar winner noted that her brother — also a lifelong fan — talked her into chasing the part.
Jolie also discussed dressing the part for the scary role. “People would bring their kids to set and I would be like, ‘Oh, I’m a Disney character,’ so I’d go over to see them, and they would scream,” she laughed. “One kid said, ‘Mommy, tell the witch to stop talking to me!”
"Maleficent" also stars Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Miranda Richardson, and Imelda Staunton.
“Maleficent” will be released July 2, 2014.
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.
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.