Back in May of 2009, we broke the story that Angelina Jolie was being courted by Disney to star as the wicked witch "Maleficent" in the planned retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" tale. (See EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!)
Back then, my super-reliable source revealed to me that Brad Bird was attached to write and direct the project. Well, so many incarnations of the story later (Tim Burton was supposed to direct, then David O. Russell), now, the project is getting traction with the hiring of Robert Stromberg. Coming from the production designer ranks (he helped shape the look of "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland", are you impress yet?), "Maleficent" will be Stromberg's first full-feature film, so be cautious. He may rock it, for all we know!
But Jolie seems to be excited. Talking at a press conference at the Berlin International Film Festival, the actress said "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." So yay! (SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter)
The actress seemed to be making this "Maleficent" decision at the urging of her kids who even called her "mom-elicent."
I said it before and I'll say it again -- Jolie, in a "Wicked" kind of storytelling, is perfect for the role of "Maleficent." The wicked witch may just be as under-appreciated and misunderstood as Elphaba.
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