Jolie: Vivienne role was essential
Angelina Jolie has revealed that her daughter Vivienne was cast in Maleficent, because the other child actors were too scared of her.
Her five-year-old daughter with fiance Brad Pitt appears in the fairytale remake, and the actress-filmmaker, who plays the Sleeping Beauty sorceress, admitted the choice was out of necessity rather than desire.
"We think it's fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That's not our goal for Brad and I at all," she told Entertainment Weekly.
"But the other three and four-year-olds wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."
Angelina also said that Robert Stromberg's film will explore the character of Maleficent, rather than just retell the Sleeping Beauty story from the villainness' point of view.
"The exercise wasn't how can we have fun with a villain? It was: What turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?" she explained.
"When that character makes mistakes - which Maleficent does, and crosses many lines - you want them to be angry at her and concerned and confused and in the end, somehow understand something that they didn't know before."
Elle Fanning will portray Princess Aurora, with Sharlto Copley as King Stefan in Maleficent, which opens in cinemas on May 30.