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Angelina Jolie to be Disney’s Maleficent

Angelina Jolie to be Disney’s Maleficent

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After taking a two year hiatus from acting, Angelina Jolie has announced her next role at the Berlin International Film Festival, where her feature directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey is screening out of competition.

“I haven’t acted in two years, and I haven’t done anything else since this (Land of Blood and Honey). The next thing I am looking at is a Disney movie,” said the actress.

Disney’s 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. Touted as a modern take on the classic fairy tale, the fantasy is told from the viewpoint of Sleeping Beauty’s fairy godmother, to be played by Jolie. The actress said that she adores screenwriter Linda Woolverton’s revisionist take on the fairy tale and the complex relationship between Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty.

“The best thing to find that balance is to do something that is just for children,” Jolie said in Berlin. “You know, you find different ways to make things matter. When, for example, you do fun action movies, they are empowering for my daughters.”

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Disney’s Maleficent will be directed by Robert Stromberg, who previously was the production designer of Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Disney’s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful, helmed by Sam Raimi.

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