Production is officially underway on Disney's upcoming live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent.


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.

The film, which stars Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess, is currently scheduled to open wide March 14, 2014.

At the helm is acclaimed production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland), who is making his directorial debut. The script was penned by Stromberg's Alice in Wonderland colleague Linda Woolverton, best known for writing Disney's Beauty and the Beast and co-writing The Lion King.

In addition to Jolie, Maleficent is set to star Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.