Copley Is King In Disney’s “Maleficent”

Sharlto Copley (“District 9,” “The A-Team”) is in negotiations to play the male lead opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney’s live-action “Maleficent” says Deadline.

This revisionist take on “Sleeping Beauty” tells that film’s backstory and why the evil queen (Jolie) cursed Princess Aurora in the first place. Copley will play King Stefan.

Robert Stromberg helms the project from a script by Linda Woolverton. Joe Roth is producing with a March 14th 2014 release planned.