Angelina Jolie says there was only one child that could withstand her villainous ways in the upcoming Disney movie Maleficent. Read how little Vivienne Jolie-Pitt won the role of young Aurora.
When it came to casting the young princess Aurora in Maleficent, the only person who had the guts to withstand the evil villain, played by Jolie, was her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt.
Recently speaking to Elle magazine, Jolie admitted that when casting came about for the young Aurora (the bigger role is played by Elle Fanning) she first looked to daughter Shiloh.
“For young Aurora, they needed a child who wouldn’t be fazed by the Mistress of All Evil hissing, ‘I don’t like children’ in her face,” Jolie explained. “And my little Vivienne — we call her my shadow, because there’s nothing I can do to shake her,” the star added. “I can be tired, I can be grumpy, I can be in a terrible mood, and she doesn’t care. It’s ‘Mommy, Mommy,’ and she’ll cling to me.”
“We knew that she would still do that thing, she’d still smile at me and insist that I pick her up. So we couldn’t really cast anybody else,” Jolie added.
In the retelling of the Sleeping Beauty classic, Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone.
Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
Maleficient opens May 30 and stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.