Is Angelina Jolie Maleficent?

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Well, if some of the pro-Jennifer Aniston tabloids are to be believed – yes.

However, the wonderfully charitable Oscar-winning actress (and fantastic wife and mother) may well be portraying one on the big screen as her name has now been mentioned in conjunction with Walt Disney Pictures’ Maleficent, which Tim Burton is rumored to direct.

Recently, Linda Woolverton was hired to pen the script which is a “post-modern” take on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, told from the perspective of Maleficent, the villain in Disney’s classic 1959 animated feature.

Post-modern takes on old material are “all the rage” as the kids say today, with Shrek, Wicked and even Disney’s current box office champ Alice in Wonderland adding a new spin to old material.

I have no doubt that Maleficent will make it to the screen – but will Burton and Jolie be attached?

maleficent Is Angelina Jolie Maleficent?

The project seems to be moving at quite a pace on the Disney lot – the kind of pace that attaches talent and gets put into production to capitalize on their interest. Burton is obviously a prime candidate to direct the film, after the huge grosses that Alice has accumulated, you can bet that the head honchos at the Mouse House are begging him to helm the picture.

Meanwhile, Jolie is also a pretty good choice to star in the film. She’s got enough of a “weird and crazy” vibe to pull off being a witch on screen – one that audiences need to empathize with. Jolie hasn’t really done any family friendly films – considering her large brood, and this could be something that she’d be able to show her kids.

The source material for this project also pretty much guarantees huge grosses, something that A-list talent like, in order to secure their huge salary quotes. Throw in the now-obligatory 3D and you’ve got a tent-pole picture that will satisfy children and parents alike (mostly the dads – Jolie in 3D!!).

Add Johnny Depp as a handsome Prince – he’s not attached, but you know deep (depp?) down that he’ll be first choice and you’ve got a Disney film that will add extra value to theme parks and merchandise for years to come. Oh, and he’s also currently shooting The Tourist, alongside Jolie.

This is all up in the air at the moment, with no script yet written, or no talent signed – so take all this with a pinch of Salt.

I’d imagine there will be announcements soon so that Disney stock holders can sleep easy in their beds at night.

Keep reading Screen Rant for more details on Maleficent.

Source: LA Times

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  1. In the animated version Maleficent had a commanding almost royal like presence with a wonderful voice, I'd hope Jolie (or whoever captures the role) would bring those qualities to the part.

  2. In the animated version Maleficent had a commanding almost royal like presence with a wonderful voice, I'd hope Jolie (or whoever captures the role) would bring those qualities to the part.

  3. Is really a nice idea to assign the role of witch to Angelina Jolie.
    It would be a beautiful witch with the face of fairy.

  4. I love the idea of Jolie as Maleficent, I think she would be great in the role; she is a great actress. I would love to see her as Maleficent.
    As for who's in the director's chair, bringing Burton on board is just the worst thing to do. I've mentioned it before and I'll say it again: we, the audience, need a fresh take on a fairy tale, and something new to look at! A different/ better vision than the same old Tim Burton style.
    As for Johnny Depp to play the Prince, that would be mistake number two, and will not be surprised at all if this happens with Burton in the director's seat. With him helming the project it is almost inevitable for this to happen.
    I love the original Disney movie of Sleeping Beauty. And as I clearly recall, Maleficent was an older witch, definitely looked older than both Prince Philip and Princess Aurora, so Depp obviously does not fit this role since he is and looks older than Jolie. They need to choose someone young and handsome, preferably a more unknown actor with some experience. You can't have a 40-something year old Prince, about to marry an 18 year old Princess. It just doesn't look right, even if Depp looks like he's still in his 30's.
    No knock on Depp, he is a great actor, but like Burton, they have made too many movies together in these fairy tale / classic children stories genres. We need something new. I would be heartbroken if they do make these disastrous decisions because as a Sleeping Beauty fan, I am looking forward to this movie.

  5. This is the first time I agree the a role would fit a specific “A-lister”………Jolie would be great as Maleficent!!!! Maybe an Oscar nod? Not likely but the slipper fits…..(oh yeah that's Cinderella)

  6. angelina jolie as maleficent would be a very poor and, unfortunately obvious choice. tilda swinton should be cast because she would do a good job and also i could take her seriously in the role.

    • I think Angelina is a pretty good choice, but now that you mention it, Tilda may be better. Although personally I think Tilda would shine more as Lady Tremaine, the evil stepmother from Cinderella.

      As for Prince Phillip and Aurora (Briar Rose), how about Ben Barnes and Dakota Fanning? For Flora Fauna and Merriwether, my money is on Betty White, Helen Mirren and Glenn Close. ^_^

  7. I don't know…Maleficent is my favourite and, by far, the best Disney villain…but I'm not sure I'm digging Angelina Jolie in this role. I think Catherine Zeta-Jones would be better…or someone equally dark/british/evil fabulous…maybe it's just because I'm tired of Angelina Jolie and I really don't want Maleficent to be ruined. If there is going to be a movie about Maleficent then I expect and want it to be perfect.

  8. Maleficent is not a witch, she is an evil fairy. That’s similar, but not the same thing. Angelina Jolie would be absolutely wonderful in that role! Maleficent is one of the sexiest Disney’s villainesses, and Angelina is sexy too, and it would be amazing! Looking forward to that movie

  9. I can’t wait for this movie! I’m so excited. Angelina Jole as
    Maleficent is great. I also heard Angelina is going to play the
    Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of oz remake. If she has to
    choose between the two, it better be Maleficent.

  10. If Angelina Jolie can’t be Maleficent, Idina Menzel should be Maleficent!