Disney has released the first photo of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, which started filming in the UK last week. I think she looks tremendous (said in Patsy Stone’s voice). It would be nice if I could pronounce Maleficent–when I attempt to say it, it comes out Melissa-fant…and so THAT is what I’ll be calling this thing.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
Speaking of Patsy Stone, I think the producers of Absolutely Fabulous should sue for image copyright infringement. Clearly, Angelina’s Melissa-fant was fashioned after the tremendous character (who is REAL, in my head, anyway.)