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First image of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent marks the start of the film's production

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Production has just begun on Disney's re-imagining of SLEEPING BEAUTY entitled MALEFICENT, which focuses on the dark queen's perspective and how she came to become evil, cursing the baby Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty. 

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Looks pretty cool to me.  I'm happy to see Jolie back in something commercial as she's been under the radar since the disappointing THE TOURIST.  This looks like a good comeback vehicle, even if it's a while away. 

Here's the press release from Disney:

Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel. Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”). This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora. Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).

MALEFICENT is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

Extra Tidbit: Even though we haven't seen her in action yet, who do you think would win in a fight; Maleficent or Ravenna (Charlize Theron) from Snow White and The Huntsman? My money's on Maleficent.
Source: Collider

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7:23PM on 06/19/2012
Rick Baker is in too, nice. I'm hoping Maleficent gets that nice greengray hue from the animated version.
Rick Baker is in too, nice. I'm hoping Maleficent gets that nice greengray hue from the animated version.
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6:07PM on 06/19/2012
Hmm. Ravenna turns into a bunch of ravens and Maleficent turns into a giant dragon. This is a tough one.
Hmm. Ravenna turns into a bunch of ravens and Maleficent turns into a giant dragon. This is a tough one.
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4:45PM on 06/19/2012
I'm stoked about Sharlto Copley being in this! Seriously, he needs more gigs.
I'm stoked about Sharlto Copley being in this! Seriously, he needs more gigs.
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3:42PM on 06/19/2012
Looks great, and creepy.
Looks great, and creepy.
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2:45PM on 06/19/2012
I like the subtle prosthetics to extend the cheekbones. And of course, Angeline Jolie is Horny.
I like the subtle prosthetics to extend the cheekbones. And of course, Angeline Jolie is Horny.
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1:46PM on 06/19/2012
If Maleficent does the old dragon routine, then my money's on her. I remember as a kid I used to couldn't watch that part of the movie it scared me so much.
If Maleficent does the old dragon routine, then my money's on her. I remember as a kid I used to couldn't watch that part of the movie it scared me so much.
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12:44PM on 06/19/2012
Ahhhh! I seriously cannot wait, that looks exactly like the animated Maleficent come to life. Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft was to me what Carrie Fisher in the metal bikini was to many. She looks amazing here.
Ahhhh! I seriously cannot wait, that looks exactly like the animated Maleficent come to life. Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft was to me what Carrie Fisher in the metal bikini was to many. She looks amazing here.
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12:20PM on 06/19/2012
Ravenna. All day every day.
Ravenna. All day every day.
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12:19PM on 06/19/2012

Perfect...

Angelina is perfect for the role and this photo is just the first bit of proof. Sexy yet scary at the same time.
Angelina is perfect for the role and this photo is just the first bit of proof. Sexy yet scary at the same time.
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12:09PM on 06/19/2012
Dang, so I guess it's not getting recast, haha
Dang, so I guess it's not getting recast, haha
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