You guys know I’m a huge Angelina Jolie fan, but honestly and truly, even if I wasn’t, I would totally be rooting for her to play Maleficent in the planned live-action take on the 1959 Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. I mean, COME ON. She is perfect for the role. Absolutely perfect. They will never find anyone better. End of story. Just get her signed and move on.
Even though I’m well aware that we have tons of Disney gurus out there reading redblog, allow me to give a little recap of Sleeping Beauty before I continue with this post for those who are not familiar with what I consider to be one of the Mouse House’s most underrated films. The story goes like this: when Princess Aurora is just a newborn, she’s cursed by the evil Maleficent and destined to die on her 16th birthday — it will be Death By Spinning Wheel Spindle (just go with it). Three “Good Fairies” — Flora, Fauna and Merryweather — raise Aurora (and rename her Briar-Rose) deep in the woods in the hopes of keeping her safe from Maleficent’s curse. I won’t tell you anything else, but as you can imagine, Maleficent is quite a baddie and does not take kindly to any attempts to thwart her black magic. So I think it would be extremely cool to see everything from her point of view and also think it would be a wise career move for Jolie. She’s done some kid-friendly stuff with voice work for Kung Fu Panda and Shark Tale and whatnot, but for the most part she’s become pretty predictable. There’s only so many times one can play a tough-chick spy/video-game vixen or a mourning and/or messed-up wife/mother.
Right now Jolie’s involvement in the project is just heavily rumored. Tim Burton coming on board to direct is part of those same whispers. What is certain is that Disney has tasked Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Alice in Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton with the script for Maleficent, so that’s promising news.
What say all of our Disney fans out there? Love her or hate her, try to be objective and give me your take on Jolie as the “Mistress of All Evil”?