Will Angelina Jolie play Maleficent?

On Wednesday it was reported that Linda Woolverton is writing the live-action tale of Maleficent, telling the story of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective. Now there’s word over at The LA Times that Angelina Jolie may be interested in playing the title character:

“Both Tim Burton and Angelina Jolie had last spring been rumored to join the project, which Disney has been kicking around for a while as a way to mine its library, among other things. Burton’s involvement remains unclear as he contemplates several projects. But sources say that, as of the last few weeks, Jolie is keen on the film and would like to sign on to play the titular villain.”

“There’s no deal (or, for that matter, script) yet. And it’s unclear if Jolie’s involvement would be conditional on Burton moving forward with it too. But it’s nonetheless notable that Jolie — who has no new movie after shooting the international thriller “The Tourist” — is actively engaging with the material and could, according to sources, very well star in the film when all is said and done.”

Jolie’s manager couldn’t be reached to comment on the news, but with no new projects lined up just yet, I think it’s safe to say Jolie will accept. I do love the idea of telling the story from that perspective, and I could definitely see Jolie in the role. The only problem I have with this is that Jolie hasn’t been known to star in kid friendly movies, with the exception of Kung Fu Panda.

Angelina Jolie can next be seen in Salt, hitting theaters on July 23, 2010.

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Matt Keith

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