When Angelina Jolie signed on for the title role in Disney’s Maleficent, the 36-year-old relished the idea of letting her six children with Brad Pitt see their mother as a villain.
“It’s a really great script. I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve already got my horns fitted,” Jolie tells Entertainment Weekly. “My kids are very happy.”
Jolie will begin production on the film in June. “It’s not anti-princess, but it’s the first time they’re looking at this epic woman [in a different way],” she explains of the new take on the fairytale classic.
“I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities,” Jolie adds. “You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is.”
Jolie tells Entertainment Weekly there are some redeeming qualities to her character, despite being ruthless in Sleeping Beauty.
“It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain,” Jolie says. “[Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect.”
The actress has already begun working with the costume department to perfect her look. “We’re experimenting with different things,” Jolie says. “But the horns are the horns — you can’t deny them. You have to have horns.”
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