Angelina Jolie gets witchy in Disney's new live-action fairy tale

We can all agree that from Loki, Cobra Commander, Starscream, Skeletor and Nicholas Cage’s agent, bad guys always tend to be much more exciting than the heroes and it looks like Walt Disney Studios has come on board with that mindset with the announcement of a live-action film featuring one of their greatest villains – Maleficent. I’m going to love spell-checking that one BTW.

Angelina Jolie will be playing the title role of Sleeping Beauty’s rival in “Avatar” production designer Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut off a script written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”). Here’s a first look at her:

The cast also includes 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”).

Here’s Disney’s official synopsis:

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora. “Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

Whew. For a second there I was worried a movie wasn’t going to released in 3D. Seriously, this could be interesting if nothing else to see how they can make a legendary villain a character audiences can care about.