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'Maleficent': Elle Fanning May Join Angelina Jolie In 'Sleeping Beauty' Twist

Maleficent Elle Fanning

First Posted: 03/ 9/2012 8:20 am Updated: 03/ 9/2012 8:20 am

It looks like the revisionist fairy tale "Maleficent" is happening sooner than you thought, and it might have just added a bit of Fanning power to the marquee. Twitch Film reports that Elle Fanning, Dakota's younger sister, is in talks to play Princess Aurora -- a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty -- opposite Angelina Jolie's evil sorceress n the new film. According to THR, the film could start shooting as early as June.

"Maleficent" has been knocking around for quite a while, almost always with Jolie attached in the lead role. The Disney re-imagining of "Sleeping Beauty" would focus on Jolie's title character, who curses Princess Aurora to die on her 16th birthday; a rival sorceress puts Aurora under a spell that puts her to sleep, and can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. (You know the drill.)

The film has been knocking around for quite a while and even had Tim Burton attached to direct at one point. He departed last May, leaving Robert Stromberg in charge. Stromberg -- best known for his Oscar-winning production design work on "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland" -- will make his directorial debut on the film.

Jolie considers "Maleficent" a passion project, in part because her kids have pushed her to take the role.

[via Twitch, THR]

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