Sleeping Beauty has long been a favorite among the classic Disney princesses, but it’s not Princess Aurora’s backstory that is getting the live action treatment. It’s Maleficent. Angelina Jolie will be playing the evil sorceress in an upcoming film tentatively set to come out in March 2014, and the first picture of Jolie in costume has just been released.
If you don’t remember, Maleficent had a bit of a grudge and cursed the baby princess Aurora. She would have been doomed to die on her 16th birthday by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel if it hadn’t been for the kindly fairies changing the spell.
Two-time Oscar winning production designer Robert Stromberg is making his directorial debut on the film. His previous production deign work includes Avatar and Alice In Wonderland, so you can be sure this is going to look amazing!
Jolie’s costume looks like the animated version of Maleficent from the 1959 Sleeping Beauty, horns and all. Leather wraps around her head and up into the horns. Glowing green contacts and blood red lips combined with Angelina’s well-defined cheekbones add to the look making it look deliciously evil.
Joining Jolie in the cast is Super 8‘s Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow) as the Queen and Aurora’s mother. Also cast is Sharlto Copley (District 9), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Juno Temple (Atonement) and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).