Who is Maleficent? She's the evil villain out to get Sleeping Beauty. You might remember the fictional character so immortalized by Disney animators with her dreadful black cape, arched purple collar and those long fingers that love to flutter up sinister master plans. Muhahaha...!
Jolie announced her commitment to the Disney adaptation by screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland) while doing press for her film In the Land of Blood and Honey.
The film is set to start shooting in June, according to Hollywood Reporter. The 36-year-old actress is apparently thrilled to get her meaty hooks on the villainous role.
Jolie also told Hollywood Reporter that her children call her “mom-elicent.” What exactly does that mean? Perhaps, she likes to cast a spell every now and then. If it comes to getting a kid to nap, Angelina, you’re excused.
We hope, of course, it’s nothing as menacing as what Maleficent does to Princess Aurora (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty). As the story goes, the “mistress of evil” as the character likes to call herself orders a curse on the baby Aurora to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die before her 16th birthday.
It is rumored that Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Super 8) is currently in talks to play Princess Aurora.
Jolie hasn’t been the only actress to take on the wicked Disney queens of late. Julia Roberts is playing the queen in the comedic-fantasy adaptation of Snow White, Mirror Mirror, due out March 30, and Charlize Theron embodies the same character in a darker, more dramatic role in Snow White and the Huntsman, due out June 1.
The question remains, who's the wickedest of them all?
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