«MALEFICENT» – The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on ?Maleficent,? starring Academy AwardÂ®?winning actress Angelina Jolie. Directed by two-time OscarÂ®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (?Avatar,? ?Alice in Wonderland?), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, ?Maleficent? is written by Linda Woolverton (?The Lion King,? ?Beauty and the Beast?) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel. Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (?District 9?), Elle Fanning (?Super 8?), Sam Riley (?On the Road?), Imelda Staunton (?Vera Drake?), Miranda Richardson (?The Hours?), Juno Temple (?Atonement?) and Lesley Manville (?Secrets & Lies?). .This is the untold story of Disney?s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic ?Sleeping Beauty.? The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora. .Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy AwardÂ®?winning cinematographer Dean Semler (?Dances with Wolves,? ?In the Land of Blood and Honey?), production designer Gary Freeman (?Saving Private Ryan,? ?The Bourne Supremacy?), two-time OscarÂ® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (?Schindler?s List,? ?The Pianist?) and seven-time Academy Award?winning makeup artist Rick Baker (?Planet of the Apes,? ?Men in Black?)..?Maleficent? is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D…Photo Credit: Greg Williams.Â©2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc..