Tuesday, June 19, 2012



Walt Disney Studios released the first photograph of Angelina Jolie as the villain 'Maleficent' today with excentuated cheekbones to boot. Maleficent is the story of Sleeping Beauty which "reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora."  

Maleficent  being produced by SWATH's Joe Roth and is joined by executive producers SWATH's Palak Patel and Jolie (see the press release below for the full list of producers).  

Maleficent appears to be the next big fantasy fairy tale film in a line of fairy tale films being released (SWATH, Red Riding Hood, Mirror, Mirror).  Unlike SWATH, this film will be in 3D.  IMAX is not mentioned. The release date is March 14, 2014.

Maleficent is being filmed in the UK at Pinewood Studios and around the same areas as SWATH.  There are also a few SWATH crossovers from the cast extras to stunts actors and even the crew. 

If you want to follow the latest on Maleficent, our @malencasey located new Twitter fansite at @MaleficentMovie.

We will occasionally provide interesting updates regarding the film as we await news on a SWATH sequel.

Read the full press release below.

Burbank, CA (June 19, 2012) – The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on “Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.

Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.

Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).

“Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.


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