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Angelina Jolie to act with her children in ‘Maleficent’

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Angelina Jolie and her kids make a team

Angelina Jolie is to act with her children in a Disney fantasy movie called ‘Maleficent’, directed by Robert Stromberg. Her children Vivienne (4), Pax (8) and Zahara (7) will be making their screen debut in the film, casting Vivienne as the young Princess Aurora.

Pax and Zahara are said to be starting their careers with walk-in parts. Shiloh has apparently decided to sit this one out, but has already made her debut when she appeared in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ four years ago.

Jolie, the 37-year-old Oscar winner, stars as the title role in this “Sleeping Beauty” tale, which is told from the perspective of the princess’ evil nemesis, Maleficent. The focus of the film centres on the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart, leading her to curse the Princess Aurora played by Elle Fanning.

In an interview with EW, Jolie said,

“I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities”.

When asked, by EW, if Jolie thought there were any redeeming qualities to Maleficent the Witch, Jolie said,

“it sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect.”

Well, we hope that this proves to be an interesting perspective on the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story.

With regards to the casting side of things, there are two terms which readily come to mind – ‘it’s all about who you know’ and ‘keep it in the family’. The audience and critic reactions to this aspect will be interesting to see. We, however, hope they do well and carry the talents of their parents into a new generation.

The cast also includes Sam Riley, Kenneth Cranham, Miranda Richardson, Imelda Staunton and Elle Fanning.

The film is currently being filmed in Buckinghamshire, London and is due to be released in 3D in March 2014.

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