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Angelina Jolie Malnificent Gallery

Angelina Jolie has an uncanny knack for bending movies into submission. Just as "Salt" became her star vehicle in 2010—in spite of the fact that it was written for a male lead and was originally set to star Tom Cruise—Jolie plays the title role as the villainess in Disney's live-action "Maleficent."

Based on "Sleeping Beauty," this film inverts the classic fairy tale by focusing on the story of Maleficent and why she is driven to curse a princess. This is surely a meatier starring role for Jolie than a girl who pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into deep sleep. Disney has announced the film will be in theaters March 14, 2014.

"I’ve already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy," Jolie said in a recent interview with EW.

Indicative of a trend, other Academy Award winning actresses who are playing villainesses include: Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Rachel Weisz, and Susan Sarandon.

Angelina Jolie Part of Villianous Hollywood Trend

Jolie is the latest in a line of Oscar-winning actresses who are getting wicked in fairy tale movies.