Angelina Jolie and Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent
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It's a bad, bad, bad, bad, world.
will star as Maleficent, the evil queen of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty
, in a live-action update of the 1959 animated-feature version, this time told from the perspective of the original mean girl. It is set to be released March 14, 2014, it was announced Monday.
"It's not anti-princess," Jolie told Entertainment Weekly
about the film, Maleficent
. "But it's the first time they're looking at this epic woman ... I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn't mean she can't have other [warmer] qualities."
She added, "It's a really great script. I'm having a lot of fun. I've already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy."
Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning production designer behind James Cameron's Avatar
and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
, is making his directorial debut on the movie, which is being produced by Joe Roth.
Just for the record, in the original, Maleficent turns herself into a dragon and gets slain by Prince Phillip, before he rushes in to save Princess Aurora.