After Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts playing the evil queen in movie adaptations of Snow White, it is the turn of Angelina Jolie who plays the title role of the evil sorceress Maleficent in the updated version of Disney’s 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty which is being directed by Robert Stromberg. The filming started on June 13 at Buckinghamshire in England.
In this updated version, the focus of the film centres on the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart, leading her to curse the baby Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), played by Elle Fanning.
According to the popular fairytale, Maleficent was angry that she wasn’t invited to the beautiful Princess’s christening, and as a result cursed the infant to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die before the end of her 16th birthday.
Other stars signed up to the film include Miranda Richardson, who will play Queen Ulla, and Juno Temple, as Thistletwit, one of the three fairies tasked with taking care of Aurora in a cottage in the woods. She is joined by Imelda Staunton playing fairy Knotgrass and Lesley Manville who stars as fairy Flittle.