Sharlto Copley has added another project to his growing slate, entering negotiations for the male lead in Disney's Maleficent. We reported earlier this week the actor has been confirmed to star in the Oldboy remake and Open Grave.

The actor will portray King Stefan in this live-action tale, which puts a unique spin on the Sleeping Beauty story. The story is told from the villainous Maleficent's (Angelina Jolie) point of view, which will explore why she put a curse on Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning).

Production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar) is making his directorial debut, working from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland). It isn't known when production may begin.

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