The Walt Disney Studios has announced a U.S. release date of March 14, 2014, for Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney's ultimate villain.

The live-action film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney's animated classic Sleeping Beauty.

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Leading a team of visionary filmmakers known for creating and transporting audiences to new and exciting worlds, Academy Award-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Oz: The Great and Powerful) will direct with a script by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland).

Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth (Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Oz: The Great and Powerful).