Angelina Jolie to portray 'Sleeping Beauty' villain in 'Maleficent'
Angelina Jolie announced that she will portray "Sleeping Beauty" villain Maleficent in a retelling of the classic fairy tale, told from the evil queen's point of view.
"I haven't acted in two years, and I haven't done anything else since this ['Land of Blood and Honey']. The next thing I am looking at is a Disney movie," Jolie told the Hollywood Reporter at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.
In Disney's 1959 flick "Sleeping Beauty," the evil queen Maleficent casts a spell on baby Princess Aurora when she is not invited to the christening like the other fairy godmothers. She curses the child so that on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die... which one of the not-evil fairy godmothers changes to "falls into a deep sleep until her true love kisses her."
When she turns 16, Maleficent tricks Aurora into touching the spinning wheel. Then Maleficent traps Prince Phillip in her castle. The nice fairies help save him and Maleficent turns herself into a giant dragon, but the Prince manages to slay her. Then [Spoiler Alert] he kisses Aurora and they live happily ever after.
The film was initially set to be helmed by Tim Burton, but has since landed Robert Stromberg, who will make his directorial debut with the film. Stromberg is a veteran production designer, responsible for films like "Avatar," Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and the upcoming film, "Oz the Great and Powerful."
The script was written by "Alice in Wonderland" scribe Linda Woolverton, who also penned the scripts for Disney films like "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King."
The 36-year-old actress has not appeared on-screen since her 2010 film "The Tourist" but voiced a character in "Kung Fu Panda 2" and made her feature film directorial debut with "In The Land of Blood and Honey."
Jolie has long voiced her desire in playing the evil queen and told the Hollywood Reporter in December that she "adores screenwriter Linda Woolverton's revisionist take on the fairy tale and the complex relationship between Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty."
She also joked that her children were excited about her making the movie and often call her "mom-elicent."
"The best thing to find that balance is to do something that is just for children," Jolie said on Saturday. "You know, you find different ways to make things matter. When, for example, you do fun action movies, they are empowering for my daughters."
Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt have six children together - three adopted children, Maddox, Pax and Zahara, and three biological children, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.
Pitt wouldn't be surprised that the mother of his children is capable of playing a villain, as he recently revealed that she still has a wild streak.
"She's still a bad girl, delightfully so," Pitt told Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning" on February 6. "It's not for public consumption."
The actress, who won an Oscar for her role as a mental patient in the 1999 movie "Girl, Interrupted," received a standing ovation this week after a screening in Bosnia this week of her film, "In The Land of Blood and Honey."
"In The Land of Blood and Honey" depicts a romance between a Bosnian woman and Serbian man during the Bosnia war in the 1990s. It stars actors Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic. Jolie does not appear in the film.
Jolie, who is known for her global humanitarian efforts as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, also wrote the film's screenplay and says she took on the project because she was personally interested in the subject matter.
When asked if she planned on directing more projects, the actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish and other reporters at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7 that she is open to the idea.
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