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Disney’s ‘Maleficent,’ Starring Angelina Jolie, Gets a First Time Director

Disney has put a first time director in charge of the live action production of Maleficent, the Sleeping Beauty story!

Production designer Robert Stromberg is putting on his director’s hat for the first time with Sleeping Beauty! Even though he may be new to the director’s chair, he is no stranger to dealing with big fantasy films. He was production designer on Avatar and Alice In Wonderland, and Disney’s upcoming Oz The Great And Powerful. He also worked on visual effects for films such as 2012, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End and Master And Commander.

Maleficent is the live-action movie about the wicked dark fairy and main antagonist in Walt Disney‘s 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. The film is a modern take on the classic fairy tale, the fantasy is told from the viewpoint of Beauty’s fairy godmother, Maleficent, to be played by Angelina Jolie.

Maleficent is written by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the script for Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast and co-wrote the script for The Lion King. Don Hahn, Joe Roth and Richard D. Zanuck are the producers of the film.

Are you excited to see Angelina play Maleficent?


By Larry Yepez Jr.

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