Fantasy pic to bow March 14, 2014

Disney will release “Maleficent” on March 14, 2014.

The live-action fantasy pic stars Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villain and explores the origins of the evil fairy and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.”

Elle Fanning is in talks to play the princess.

Production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and the upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful”) is making his directorial debut on the film penned by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Alice in Wonderland”).

Joe Roth is producing “Maleficent.”

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