Sharlto Copley In Talks For Male Lead In MALEFICENT

Sharlto Copley In Talks For Male Lead In MALEFICENT

The District 9 actor is in negotiations to play King Stefan alongside Angelina Jolie in Disney's upcoming fantasy film Maleficent, which begins production this summer.

Recently, we heard that Sharlto Copley - seen in films such as District 9 and The A-Team - was confirmed to play the villain in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake, while also landing a role in Open Grave. Now, he's adding another film to his resume as Deadline reports that he's in negotiations for the male lead in Disney's live action Maleficent. If discussions go well, Copley will play King Stefan. Angelina Jolie plays the title character in the movie, which tells the backstory of Sleeping Beauty and why Maleficent cursed Princess Aurora in the first place.

The film is expected to begin production this June, and will be the directorial debut of Robert Stromberg (production designer for Alice In Wonderland and the upcoming Oz, The Great & Powerful). Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) is writing the script, while Joe Roth is producing.

Maleficent is set to hit theaters March 14th, 2014.

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