Walt Disney Studios has announced the start of production on Maleficent by giving us a first look at star Angelina Jolie. Jolie stars in the title role as the villain from the Sleeping Beauty story and according to their press release, "the film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby Aurora."
Maleficent isn't due in theaters until March 14, 2014 and co-stars an impressive cast of actors including Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. The film is being directed by Robert Stromberg, who served as production designer on such films as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.
Live-action fairy tales have had a bumpy go at the box office. Outside of Snow White and the Huntsman, which cashed in on eye candy visual effects and the Kristen Stewart fan base, the remaining films have struggled to find box office success.
We'll see if Maleficent and Jolie's name can turn the tide when the film arrives in theaters.