The story centers on Angelina Jolie's title character, and puts a new spin on her relationship with Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty. Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville are playing Knotgrass and Flittle, two of the pixies who care for Aurora. Miranda Richardson is portraying Queen Ulla, Maleficent's aunt who does like her evil niece. Sam Riley plays Diaval, Maleficent's trusted right hand, who transforms between a raven and a human. Kenneth Cranham is playing the human king, who tries to conquer the fairy kingdom.
Robert Stromberg is directing from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton. It isn't known when production will begin, although Disney has already issued a March 14, 2014 release date.