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Disney starts shooting 'Maleficent' starring Jolie

June 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

BURBANK, Calif., June 19 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Walt Disney Studios says production has begun on "Maleficent," with Angelina Jolie playing the villain from the fairytale "Sleeping Beauty."

"Maleficent" is written by Linda Woolverton and co-stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. The film reveals the events that hardened the title character's heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, Disney said in a synopsis.

The live-action movie is being directed by production designer Robert Stromberg in his directorial debut.

"Maleficent" is scheduled for release in 3-D March 14, 2014. The studio announced Tuesday production began June 13.

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