Maleficent has moved from the pre-production/'we could cancel it at any minute' stage into actual production. Walt Disney Studios says filming began on the fairy tale-inspired drama on June 13th.
Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent, the villain in the classic Sleeping Beauty story. Per the studio, this story will take place prior to the events in Sleeping Beauty and tell the untold story of "the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora."
In addition to Jolie, the cast includes Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. Academy Award winning production designer Robert Stromberg will be making his feature film directorial debut with Maleficent. Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) wrote the script.
Disney's aiming for a March 14, 2014 theatrical release (in 3D).
(First Photo of Angelina Jolie in Maleficent © Walt Disney Studios)