Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" to Start Shooting in June! 

Whew, after three years in the planning stages, it's finally coming true! Back in May 2009, I was proud to say that we broke this news that Angelina Jolie will star as "Maleficent." Back then, it was attached with director Brad Bird. And yes, a little Disney friend of mine was the one who gave me the tip! (See EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!)

Then it was supposed to be Tim Burton who was set to helm, but now, Robert Stromberg will direct from a script by Linda Woolverton. THR said that the director is already in the U.K. to prepare for the film. Why? Because "Maleficent" will begin shooting in June! It's about time!

I think that the "Wicked" narrative style of telling the story from the villain's point-of-view is fantastic! The character of the "Sleeping Beauty" villain will have a new, dynamic arc.

So who will play Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty? Well, the lovely and talented Elle Fanning is in talks to join the cast and I love it! I just adore Miss Fanning and she will be perfect as the beauty who is forced to sleep for a very long time by the evil Maleficent. (Check out my interviews with Elle Fanning for "Somewhere" here, or for "Super 8" right here)

It's kinda timely that after Jolie revealed that she wanted to do a Disney movie and that her kids were starting to call her "Mom-elicent," then the news that "Maleficent" is shooting in June progressed.

But I am happy. I can eat the poisonous apple now!

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