Friday, March 26, 2010

Angelina Jolie up for Tim Burton's Maleficent? And a writer is hired.

The news today is that Angelina Jolie is interested in the title role for Maleficent, Tim Burton's remake/prequel/sequel/reboot to Disney's Sleeping Beauty. We told you a few weeks ago that Tim Burton would helm the project, but this is the first piece of news since then as to casting, etc.

Linda Woolverton is writing the movie, fresh off the success of Alice in Wonderland, also a Burton creation. Woolverton has a lot, I mean A LOT, of hits under her belt, to the tune of Mulan, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Let's just hope she redeems the God-awful story that was Alice in Wonderland.

As far as the casting of Angelina Jolie, I could see it. It's still in the "rumor" section of things, but I like it. I think she would do well; it would be a nice change of pace for her. To be honest with you, I thought what a lot of people thought, that Helen Boham Carter would be an automatic choice for the role. Burton and his wife (Carter) obviously work well together, and she could definitely pull off the dark side. Considering the remake/reboot, whatever you want to call it, is focused on Maleficent's life, a certain range of acting would be required, and Carter could pull it off. But for today's rumor, its Jolie. We'll keep ya posted if that changes.

5 comments:

Robert said...

Though she has appeared in many movies and portrayed many different characters, i think Angelina is overrated and it would be nice to see a fresh or obscure face if Meleficent is going to be in live action for the first time on the big screen.

FattMatt said...

I would like to see Monica Bellucci in a role like this. I think she fits the character well.

Spindle said...

Joanna Lumly, Eleanor bron, yes older but they have that witch quality. Tilda Sventon Cordelia Gray would be great contenders...maybe Kate Blanchett who has delicate beauty which would be a great guise for someone as evil as Maleficent.

FattMatt said...

I like your idea for Tilda.

Tonedog said...

I love the idea of Tilda Swinton. Wow, it's like a "a-ha" moment. She would be great. And she was amazing in Constantine, as far as genre films go. And won an Oscar for Michael Clayton. I liiiike.