10 April 2012
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The live-action Maleficent story starring Angelina Jolie as Disney's ultimate villain has it's release date. Walt Disney Studios announced the prequel to Sleeping Beauty will debut in movie theaters March 14, 2014.The re-imagining of the Maleficent character explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) will take the helm of the live-action film with a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland), and produced by Joe Roth (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).
Elle Fanning has been rumored to play Princess Aurora while Jude Law's name has been bandied about for the role of Stefan.