June 19, 2012 10:55am PT by Rebecca Ford
'Maleficent': First Photo of Angelina Jolie as Disney’s Famous Sorceress Released
Evil never looked so good.
Disney has released the first photo of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the infamous sorceress from Sleeping Beauty.
The image shows Jolie looking upwards, wearing the sorceress' signature horns, red lips and creepy glowing eyes.
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The image was released with the announcement from Disney that filming has started on June 13 in the U.K.
Disney’s new film reveals the origins of one of their most famous villains, sharing the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora in the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty.
Jolie announced that Maleficent would be her next role back in February while at the Berlin International Film Festival.
"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.
The film marks the directorial debut for Robert Stromberg, an Academy Award winning production designer (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland).
Elle Fanning stars as Aurora and Sharlto Copley is Stefan, the half-human and half-fairy bastard son of the human king. Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville play the three pixie fairies.
Fans will have quite a wait for Maleficent, which is set for release on March 14, 2014 in 3D.