Walt Disney Studios has begun filming its live-action fairy tale "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie, in London.
Disney said Tuesday that production began last week on the movie, billed as the untold story of the villainess from the 1959 Disney classic "Sleeping Beauty."
"The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora,'' stated a release from Disney.
Directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland"), in his behind-the-camera debut, 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 Smithand and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley ("District 9"), Elle Fanning ("Super 8"), Sam Riley ("On the Road"), Imelda Staunton ("Vera Drake"), Miranda Richardson ("The Hours"), Juno Temple ("Atonement") and Lesley Manville ("Secrets & Lies").