Angelina Jolie May Play the Evil Queen in Disney's Maleficent

March 26, 2010
Source: LA Times

Angelina Jolie / Maleficent

Just earlier this week, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland writer Linda Woolverton was brought on to write Disney's Maleficent, a live-action take on the evil queen from the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. We already know that Burton is circling the film as one of many potential projects for him to direct next, and now the project might gain even more steam as LA Times says Angelina Jolie has become quite interested in the project lately and is eager to sign on as the evil queen. However, with no deal, script or Tim Burton's official involvement yet (which could be part of her interest), this could just as easily not come to fruition.

With no other projects lined up after she finishes shooting The Tourist, there's nothing to stop Jolie from boarding the project except herself. Jolie would certainly be a very interesting choice for the role of the evil queen, whose story would be told in a Wicked-like fashion as to how the character became such a vile queen. And although taking on a villain as a main character seems kind of dark, this is Disney we're talking about, which would actually be an interesting change of pace for Jolie who has never really starred in a family film. Anyway, I'm interested to see how this turns out. What do you think of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent?

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments


Sounds good.

Xerxex on Mar 27, 2010


Disney is really trying to push the whole villains thing it seems.

tra la la la la di da on Mar 27, 2010


Finally a role I problably wont be annoyed seeing her play.

jeffrey on Mar 27, 2010


Not a fan but she could totally pull it off. As for Tim Burton I hope he focuses on Addam's Family first.

Lincoln on Mar 27, 2010


good casting imo

DoomCanoe on Mar 27, 2010


Never seen her in too many villain roles, but she was awesome in Beowulf 😀 I hope she signs for the role :]

Toucmyinfection on Mar 27, 2010


I'm just surprised it's not Helena.

Paulo on Mar 27, 2010


I bet this role comes naturally for her. The dumbass's who say they're surprised it's not Carter, She plays a witch in AIW, why would she play the same role again.

Crump's Brother on Mar 27, 2010


That could be some potentially decent casting if it actually happens.

James on Mar 27, 2010


Miss Jolie does look like she would make one bad ass villan plus shes sexy 😀

DaftPUNKFAN on Mar 28, 2010


She's sexy as hell. Great casting choice.

Sean on Mar 28, 2010


Sounds good so far. If Tim Burton is going to direct anything he's mentioned to be his next project; it's this. Not that awful sounding Adams Family reboot.

Caitie on Mar 28, 2010


Crump's Brother, she played an evil queen, not a witch. Stop mixing up your facts.

Paulo on Mar 28, 2010


Go kick a soccer ball

Crump's Brother on Mar 28, 2010


Just a note: Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty is a fairy... an evil fairy. The "Evil Queen" is a character from Snow White & the Seven Dwarves.

Lali on Mar 29, 2010


So the next question has to be, will TB create a new character for Johnny Depp? Perhaps a spurned lover that drove her to wickedness? I'm excited already.

Don Whittemore on Mar 29, 2010


if she's going to be maleficent, then this picture is doomed. i adore burton's movies, but i can't stand the woman or her acting. any decent movie with her in the lead role is automatically going to be overshadowed just by having her in it. and to crump's brother - Helena played the Red Queen in AIW.. she's an evil witch in HARRY POTTER.

margaret on Apr 10, 2010


I'd like it, I guess. I just think they CAN'T screw up this movie because it's Maleficent we're talking about. Best damn evil queen ever! There's this weird kinda misterious thing about Jolie that could work very well for the role.

marcela Mattiuzzo on Jun 5, 2010


Whom to choose as Maleficent is a big deal. She's a frontwoman for all the Disney villains. And even more people know about her from when the character was used heavily in the Kingdom Hearts videogame as a main villain. Angelina Jolie is a sharp choice. With her, I think it's ready to be headed in a nice sophisticated direction. But I worry that the studio will put forth something on the order of Susan Sarandon's character Queen Narissa from "Enchanted". That was campy. I think if Jolie plays Maleficent, it really needs to be taken far more seriously, like Lord-of-the-Rings-Serious. Overall, I like Tim Burton, and I like Jolie, but I don't see them working together. Maybe I'm wrong, but Burton has always made it abundantly clear on-screen that his films are his own, and I don't want to see Jolie struggling to be seen from behind Burton's soft lighting and dark shadows. Honestly, I hated his recent Alice in Wonderland. I think it was really awkward. The Red Queen was sort of the Queen of Hearts, but they're two different characters! But the it could still work, if Burton can remember how important Maleficent is in the grand scheme of Disney marketing; and how his aeshetic is sometimes too niche for the story he's trying to tell. Be careful.

Trav Stanton on Jul 2, 2010


Great! BTW we're STILL WONDERING when the long rich Jolie will break ranks, come forward, and denounce Hollywood's four decades of catering to the franchise slum denial needs of history's --MOST-- awesomely genoical regime ACROSS the Pacific. -WHEN? ----WHEN? --------WHEN?

tiger tim on Aug 23, 2010


Being evil is no far stretch for her...just like playing crazy for Girl Interrupted. She is crazy and evil in reality. Would never see a movie with her involved...EVER.

lurkeyloo on Oct 11, 2010


OH please no! Sleeping beauty is my favorite disney movie and i have always thought Maleficent to be the best villain. I hope they do NOT cast Angelina Jolie as her. I really have nothing against her and I'm sure she would do great in the end, but PLEASSEEE someone else. I would acutally love if they got a nobody to play her. Or please just anyone else. I can't see Helena playing her though anyway. While i do think she would do a better job than Jolie, I feel like Maleficent is TOO evil for Helena. She plays more of the strange characters. Sure the Red Queen and Bellatrix are evil, but they also have a goofy, crazy side. I don't see Maleficent having this. I have heard people say they want Meryl Streep or Michelle Pfeiffer play Maleficent. While they are probably too old for the part, i think that, that is more of the direction that they should go with.

Natalie on Dec 5, 2010


check out Idina Menzel... i think she would be perfect

ali on Feb 27, 2011


Idina Menzel would be amazing as Maleficent!!

Ap_3 on Feb 27, 2011


I think she would kill Maleficent. And i hope they do a good job on this movie because she is my favorite villain and I don't want to hate her

Cococarmen18 on Apr 24, 2011


what do I think? I think there are some movies that should be left alone - 

Elizabeth Reams on Mar 2, 2012

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