Angelina Jolie Talks Story Elements & Wearing Horns for 'Maleficent'
Actress Angelina Jolie took some time away from the spotlight to film her directorial debut, 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey. Now she's preparing to get back in front of the camera again, starring in Disney's Maleficent, the alternate take on the Sleeping Beauty sorceress. Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and Oz, The Great and Powerful production designer Robert Stromberg is making his directorial debut on this one, and with the June start date quickly approaching, Jolie recently had a chat with Entertainment Weekly about the script, the influence the film will have on young girls, and wearing those iconic horns. Read on!
When asked if there will be any redeeming qualities to the character of Maleficent, Jolie had this to say:
"It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person, but she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect. In general, it’s a very good message to say, 'let’s look at something from the other side.' But then also, what our challenge will be — and the script writer [Linda Woolverton] has already cracked it — is not to simplify it, not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either. It doesn’t flip it."
Earlier this month, it was reported that Super 8 star Elle Fanning landed the part of Princess Aurora, and I'm glad to hear that the story is more than just a simple reversal of perspective intended to paint Aurora in a bad light. Jolie also mentioned the iconic look of the character, revealing that even though the project starts filming soon, they're still working on perfecting the character design:
"I’ve already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy. We’re still figuring out the look. We’re experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns – you can’t deny them. You have to have horns."
I've gotta admit, even though this movie is probably going to be aimed at people far younger than my demographic, I'm kind of excited to see Jolie with those horns attached to her head. It's perfect casting, and it sounds like she's going to bring a real humanity to that character that we haven't seen before. Excited?