By Hannah Soo Park
From casting rumors to production updates, Disney movies have been a fixture in headlines lately, and today, the studio is making things official by slapping release dates onto a few of its upcoming flicks. Among them is "Pirates of the Caribbean 5," which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 10, 2015.
The follow-up to 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" only recently got itself a new writer in Jeff Nathanson, who also penned Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can." While a director has yet to be announced for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced sequel, Johnny Depp is still attached to reprise his role as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow.
We aren't quite sure if this is the mark of good or band parenting, but Disney has just confirmed that Angelina Jolie's daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt will make her feature film debut opposite her mother in the upcoming movie "Maleficent." She'll play a young version of Sleeping Beauty.
Considering most people probably know that character created for the 1959 Disney version of the fairytale isn't exactly the nicest person, we're intrigued by the fact that Jolie is letting her 4-year-old see her in her most evil role yet. Vivienne will be the first of the Jolie-Pitt's brood to make the jump to the big screen. Her part as young Aurora will be a small one, as Elle Fanning is playing Sleeping Beauty for the majority of the film. In fact, we'd guess that Vivienne will only play Aurora when she is being cursed by Maleficent at the beginning of the well-known fairy tale.
Yesterday, Disney announced the start of production on "Maleficent," the studio's next attempt at a live-action reinvention of an animated classic, and to mark the occasion, released the first photo of star Angelina Jolie as the evil sorceress.
So with production underway, it was only a matter of time before photos started leaking from the set in the English countryside. One day after the start of production, ComingSoon.net has posted set photos featuring Jolie in her full Maleficent costume.
Take a look at the pictures after the jump!
It seems as though Sleeping Beauty has finally found her Prince Charming. New reports peg Aussie Brenton Thwaites as the prince who will break Maleficent's spell on the young princess in Disney's upcoming recreation of the classic "Sleeping Beauty" fairytale, "Maleficent."
Deadline has the news, saying that Thwaites is set in the role. He's largely unknown to American audiences, though he'll be making his breakout role on US television sets in the upcoming Lifetime Channel movie "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening."
Thwaites is joining an already star-studded cast. His love interest Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) will be played by Elle Fanning, while Angelina Jolie is still set to play the titular queen who will seek to drive them apart. Juno Temple, Imelda Saunton and Lesley Manville will play the three pixie fairies who take care of Aurora while she is banished from the castle and living in a cabin in the woods.
Juno Temple grew up to live every little boy's and little girl's fantasy. Not only did she get to work with Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises," but it was announced today she'll be starring alongside Angelina Jolie in Disney's "Maleficent," playing a fairy. Meeting a superhero and living in a Disney fairy tale — it's the stuff that makes up childhood dreams!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Temple joins Imelda Saunton and Lesley Manville as Thistletwit, one of the pixie fairies who take care of Aurora while she's exiled to a cottage in the woods. All three of the fanciful creatures are described as "neglectful and superficial."
"Maleficent" is a unique take on the classic fairy tale, "Sleeping Beauty." Jolie is playing the title character, an evil witch who casts a spell on Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) on her 16th birthday sending her into a permanent slumber.
While you're waiting for the new season of "Arrested Development," why not check out this LEGO version a very dedicated fan made in the mean time?
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Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to "be back," and today he proved as much by signing onto yet another film. This time it's the David Ayer-directed "Ten," which sounds curiously a lot like "The Raid."
Also, Martin Scorsese gets tortured by The Dictator and we learned about anatomy from an "Alien" xenomorph in today's Dailies!
It's been a busy week for Sharlto Copley. After being officially confirmed as the villain in "Oldboy" yesterday, we've now just found out that he's in talks to star in another big budget adaptation.
Deadline is reporting that Copley is in talks to play King Stefan, the father of Aurora, in Disney's upcoming "Sleeping Beauty" retelling, "Maleficent." Though the character didn't have that big of a role in Disney's animated take on the tale, our guess is that he will come a bit more front and center in this film, perhaps in a way similar to Sean Bean's role as the king in "Mirror, Mirror."
by Fallon Prinzivalli
Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" is finally ready to pounce. The Disney film starts shooting in June, and as we already know, the actress has loved the script from the start. The film, as its title suggests, will show another side of the witch, but that doesn't necessarily mean Princess Aurora is now the bad guy.
"It's not anti-princess," Jolie told EW.com in a new interview. "But it's the first time they're looking at this epic woman... I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn't mean she can't have other [warmer] qualities."
by Koun Bae
As the latest refurbished fairytale film "Maleficent" gears up to start shooting in June, we hear exciting news that "Super 8" star Elle Fanning is in talks to join the ranks of other Hollywood It-girls getting the royal treatment.
The Disney film, which tells the children’s classic Sleeping Beauty from the evil witch’s point of view a la "Wicked," would pair up Fanning with Angelina Jolie, who is set to play the role of Maleficent. We think Elle would make the perfect fair-haired Princess Aurora; we can just imagine her now, wide-eyed, pricking her finger on a spinning wheel and collapsing delicately in a cloud of pink.
But how does the Fanning-Jolie team stack up to some other incredibly attractive evil queen-beautiful princess pairings of late? Read our take past the break!