Disney's re-imagining of the classic 'Sleeping Beauty' story has been picking up steam in the last week or so with casting news, but 'Maleficent' has one more name to throw into the mix: legendary visual effects artist Rick Baker.
It seems like just the other day we were talking about Sharlto Copley, and now it seems he's found a new role. Well, it turns out we were. Not only has the actor recently signed on for 'Oldboy' and 'Open Grave,' he's now in talks to play the lead opposite Angelina Jolie in 'Maleficent,' the retelling of the sleeping beauty story from the side of the evil fairy.
After raking in a hefty $1 billion worldwide with 'Alice in Wonderland' back in 2010, Disney is returning to the live-action fairy tale genre with 'Maleficent,' starring Angelina Jolie. And the company has set a release date that indicates it believes in lightning striking twice.
Elle Fanning was once just the little sister to Dakota Fanning, the precocious little girl from 'Cat in the Hat', 'War of the Worlds' and 'Man on Fire'. But after strong performances in 'Super 8' and 'We Bought a Zoo' last year may have pushed Elle to the top of the Fanning Power Rankings. And now Elle just scored a lead role in one of Disney's biggest upcoming films.
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