If you’re wondering who played Princess Aurora in Maleficent, you’re not alone. The live-action remake of the classic Disney film features Angelina Jolie in the title role, and Elle Fanning as Aurora.
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Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
In the 2014 live action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, Angelina Jolie brought the iconic villain Maleficent to life on the big screen. Jolie’s performance as the wicked fairy was praised by critics and fans alike, with many lauding her for her sinister yet nuanced portrayal of the character. If you’re a fan of Jolie’s work in Maleficent, be sure to check out her other films, such as The Salt of the Sea and Kung Fu Panda 3.
Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora
Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora in Disney’s “Maleficent” (2014), a live action retelling of the studio’s classic 1959 animated film “Sleeping Beauty.” In the original film, Aurora is a baby when she is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent to one day prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. However, Maleficent’s curse is thwarted by three good fairies, who change it so that instead of dying, Aurora will fall into a deep sleep for 100 years. When she is finally awakened by true love’s first kiss, Aurora and Prince Phillip live happily ever after.
Sam Riley as Diaval
Born in 1980, Sam Riley is an English actor and musician. He made his film debut in 2004’s On the Step, but is best known for his role as Ian Curtis in 2007’s Control. He also played Diaval, the shape-shifting raven and right-hand man to Angelina Jolie’s titular character, in 2014’s Maleficent.
Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass
Imelda Staunton played the role of Knotgrass in Maleficent. Knotgrass is one of the three pixies who are tasked with protecting Princess Aurora.
Juno Temple as Thistletwit
Juno Temple played the character Thistletwit in the 2014 film Maleficent. Thistletwit is an orange-haired girl who is one ofMaleficent’s (Angelina Jolie) henchmen.
Leslie Manville as Flittle
Leslie Manville played the role of Flittle in Maleficent. Flittle is one of the three fairy godmothers who Aurora befriends during her time in the Moors. Manville brought a lightheartedness and playful energy to the role, making Flittle a memorable character in the film.
Sharlto Copley as King Stefan
Sharlto Copley is an actor, director, and producer who has worked on many films and television series over the years. He is perhaps best known for his role in District 9 as Wikus van de Merwe. He also played King Stefan in Maleficent, a live action retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective.
Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip
The 2014 live action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent, starred Angelina Jolie in the title role. Jolie’s daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, played the young Aurora. Elle Fanning took on the role as Aurora in her teenage years. Brenton Thwaites played Prince Phillip, Aurora’s love interest.
Kiefer Sutherland as Narrator
Kiefer Sutherland, known for his roles in the “24” franchise and films like “Stand by Me,” provides the voice of Narrator in Disney’s live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” “Maleficent.”
Director Robert Stromberg
Director Robert Stromberg revealed in an interview with Collider that Angelina Jolie was his top choice to play Maleficent, the Sleeping Beauty villain, from the very beginning. “She was just perfect for it,” Stromberg said of Jolie. “She can do sweet and she can do mean.”