After quite a long time in development, Disney’s Maleficent will shoot this summer. Now THR reports the film has added Juno Temple as one of three pixie fairies who try to help the Princess Aurora, in this look at Sleeping Beauty from the bad fairy’s point of view. Angelina Jolie is set to play the title charater.
The story explores why Maleficent is so angry she’d curse Aurora, which apparently has less to do with not being invited to her Christening and more to do with a love affair gone wrong with the king. Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville will play Juno Temple’s two fairy companions, Knotgrass and Flittle, tasked with taking care of Aurora in the woods. Temple is Thistletwit, who is described as neglectful and superficial.
Elle Fanning is also onboard as Aurora, with Sharlto Copley playing a half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the king. Other cast members include Miranda Richardson and Sam Riley.