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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt: stage-door parents?

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Brangelina's 4-year-old daughter, will make her acting debut in 'Maleficent.'

August 23, 2012|By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's six kids have been trailed by paparazzi from a very early age. Now, one of Brangelina's children is stepping into the spotlight in an actual film role.

At the tender age of 4, the A-list couple's daughter Vivienne will make her acting debut alongside her mother in Walt Disney Studios' upcoming adaptation of "Maleficent."

The 3-D film, set to hit theaters in March 2014, stars Jolie as the villain from the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty." The movie details why the evil fairy cursed Princess Aurora — a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty — to die on her 16th birthday. Though 14-year-old Elle Fanning will play Aurora during the majority of the film, Vivienne will act briefly in scenes that depict the character as younger.

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A Disney spokeswoman described Vivienne's role as "minor" and had no further details on whether the part involved any dialogue.

Jolie and Pitt have long said they would support their children should the tots want to go into show business one day.

Asked at last year's "Tree of Life" premiere if his kids would go into acting, Pitt told The Times and other red carpet media: "I just want them to follow their bliss. Whatever makes them happy."

Directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland") and produced by Joe Roth (the recent "Alice in Wonderland" and "Snow White and the Huntsman"), "Maleficent" is written by Linda Woolverton ("The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast") and executive produced by Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.

Costarring in the film are Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

Production began in June in London.

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