‘Maleficent’ Gains Aussie Brenton Thwaites As Prince Charming

It seems as though Sleeping Beauty has finally found her Prince Charming. New reports peg Aussie Brenton Thwaites as the prince who will break Maleficent’s spell on the young princess in Disney’s upcoming recreation of the classic “Sleeping Beauty” fairytale, “Maleficent.”

Deadline has the news, saying that Thwaites is set in the role. He’s largely unknown to American audiences, though he’ll be making his breakout role on US television sets in the upcoming Lifetime Channel movie “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening.”

Thwaites is joining an already star-studded cast. His love interest Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) will be played by Elle Fanning, while Angelina Jolie is still set to play the titular queen who will seek to drive them apart. Juno Temple, Imelda Saunton and Lesley Manville will play the three pixie fairies who take care of Aurora while she is banished from the castle and living in a cabin in the woods.

In a recent interview, Jolie defended “Maleficent” being told from the evil queen’s perspective by saying it’s “not anti-princess.”

“It’s the first time they’re looking at this epic woman… I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities,” she said.
“It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect.”

“Maleficent” is due in on theaters March 14, 2014. It’s set to start filming this June in London.

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