Now things are getting interesting! ComingSoon.net has just reported that Kenneth Cranham, Lesley Manville, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley and Imelda Staunton have just joined the cast of Maleficent. Sweet! I’m impressed enough now. These five will join Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the story behind Maleficent’s hatred of Princess Aurora.
Here’s the skinny: “Cranham (Hot Fuzz, Made in Dagenham) will play a human king with machinations against the world of fairies. Manville (Another Year) will play Fittle and Staunton (Vera Drake, Harry Potter films), Knotgrass, two pixies that guard Fanning’s Aurora. Richardson (The Hours, Harry Potter films) is the fairy Queen Ulla and aunt to Maleficent and Riley (Control, On the Road) is Diaval, Maleficent’s aide with the power to turn into a raven.”
This is my personal favorite fairy tale story, so the idea grabbed me a while ago, but this lineup just keeps getting better. We’ll be following this film as it develops. Unfortunately we have to wait until 2014 to actually see it.