Official image of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent surfaces

Disney has released the first official image from its upcoming movie, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the title character. I like that her design is inspired by Disney’s classic animated movie. She’s definitely rocking the two-horned headdress complete with evil yellow and green eyes.

With the release of the new image, Disney has announced that production of Maleficent began last week on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012. The movie will be directed by Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland). This will mark his directorial debut. Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) will be writing the film.

Maleficent is a prequel that tells the story of how she became to be the evil villain in Sleeping Beauty and why she wanted to curse the baby, Aurora.

Joining Angelina Jolie will be Sharlto Copley (District 9, A-Team), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Merlin), Juno Temple (Atonement) and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).

Maleficent will be in theaters on March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

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