Talk about demonizing your mother!
Angelina Jolie’s 4-year-old daughter, Vivienne, will play a small role as the young Sleeping Beauty opposite her mother’s horn-sprouting villainess in Disney’s Maleficent, the studio announced today.
The movie, currently shooting in England, is a revisionist take on the 1959 animated film, told from the perspective of the evil fairy who curses Princess Aurora and causes her to fall into a deep, dark sleep.
Elle Fanning co-stars as the older version of Aurora, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s part will be fairly small. In the Disney animated film, Maleficent threatens the young princess as a baby, who is then spirited off to live with a trio of good fairies, out of sight of the wicked fairy. In their care, she grows up thinking she is a peasant girl named Briar Rose before discovering her actual royal lineage.
Vivienne and her twin brother, Knox, who turned 4 in July, are the fifth and sixth of Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children, which also includes Maddox, 11, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 6. She is the first of the kids to tackle her parents’ profession. (CORRECTION: As a reader points out in the comments, Shiloh appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as a baby.)
The 3-D film will debut March 14, 2014, and is being directed by Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning production designer of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Other co-stars include Sharlto Copley (District 9), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow), Juno Temple (Atonement) and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
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