Mike Fleming

The Walt Disney Studios has set March 14, 2014 for the U.S. release of Maleficent, the film that stars Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villain. The live-action film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in the animated Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. Elle Fanning is in talks to play Aurora. Robert Stromberg, the production designer of such films as Avatar and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful, is directing a script by Linda Woolverton, whose work includes Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland. Joe Roth, who produced Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful, will produce Maleficent.