First look at Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

The film will be directed by Robert Stromberg (AvatarAlice in Wonderland), written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion KingBeauty and the Beast) and produced by Angelina Jolie, Matt Smith et al.

As reported earlier, Elle Fanning has been cast as Princess Aurora (who is sucked into a deep slumber by Maleficent).

Maleficent will finally reveal the story behind the villian that was first introduced to us in 1959's Sleeping Beauty. The movie will reveal the events that lead to Maleficent's hardened heart.

Maleficent will be released in 3D and is currently scheduled for a March 13, 2014 release.