Walt Disney Pictures has brought on production designer Robert Stromberg to direct Maleficent, which will mark his directorial debut.

The project has been without a director since May when Tim Burton stepped away. High-profile directors such as David Yates, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, and Guillermo del Toro were rumored as possible replacements over the past few months. Angelina Jolie is still attached to portray the title character.

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Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland) wrote the screenplay for Maleficent, which puts a revisionist spin on the Sleeping Beauty villain, telling the story from her perspective.

Robert Stromberg has served as production designer on big-budget projects such as Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful.