The Walt Disney Studios have relased the first preview shot of Angelina Jolie in their latest flick, Maleficent which the Academy Award®–winning actress takes the starring role.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland fame he makes his directorial debut with Maleficent. The movie 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.
The 3D film is produced by Joe Roth and has been written by Linda Woolverton who has a long associaion with Disney including working on modern classics such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler, production designer Gary Freeman, two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker. The movie is executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Disney say that Maleficent is scheduled for a March 2014 release in 3D.