It’s certainly been Sharlto Copley’s week, as he’s now in talks for his third major role in the past seven days, entering negotiations for the male lead in Disney’s Maleficent. Earlier this week the actor was confirmed to star in the Oldboy remake as well as Open Grave.
The actor will portray King Stefan in the live-action Maleficent, which puts a unique spin on the Sleeping Beauty story (Stefan is the sleepy princess’ father). The story is told from the villainous Maleficent’s (Angelina Jolie) point of view, which will explore why she put a curse on Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning).
Production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar) is making his directorial debut on the movie, working from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland). Although no firm shoot date has been released it’s believed to be shooting this summer.