Disney casting starring roles for live-action feature film ‘Maleficent’

Disney Casting Maleficent Lead Roles

“Maleficent” is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 14, 2014.

Walt Disney Pictures and Roth Films are in production on the live-action feature film “Maleficent,” which explores the origins of the evil fairy godmother and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The casting directors in Los Angeles and London are holding auditions for starring, co-starring, and supporting roles. Shooting will take place in Los Angeles and London beginning June 11, 2012 and will continue through November 4, 2012. “Maleficent” is set to hit theaters on March 14, 2014.

Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie is playing the evil stepmother Maleficent. Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora/Sleeping Beauty. Fanning has been in the UK filming the indie musical film “God Helps The Girl” prior to shooting “Maleficent.”

Tim Burton was originally set to direct “Maleficent,” but backed out of the film to focus on his other upcoming projects. Two time Academy Award winner Robert Stromberg will make his directorial debut from a screenplay written by “Alice in Wonderland” scribe Linda Woolverton, based on the story by two-time Primetime Emmy nominee Paul Dini. Stromberg is a highly skilled and respected production designer and visual effects supervisor for films such as “Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and the upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful”. His career as a Matte Artist is second to none.

Producing “Maleficent” are the Academy Award winning producers Joe Roth of Roth Films, and Richard D. Zanuck of The Zanuck Company. Don Hahn, who has produced some of the most successful Walt Disney animated films of the past 20 years, is now producing live-action feature films for Disney and will also be producing “Maleficent”. London based producer and line producer Sarah Bradshaw will executive produce.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the London and the United Kingdom.

The following information and documents may be needed for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions the United Kingdom:

• London Child Actor Information
• London Child Actor Chaperone Information
• London Bylaws on the Employment of Children
• London Child Stage Performance Application Form
• London Child Work Permit Application
• United Kingdom Foreign Actors Visa Information
• United Kingdom Entertainer Visitor Application Form
• United Kingdom Employment Application Form

In addition to the following London Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• London Casting Directors List
• London Extras Casting Directors List
• London Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• London Actors Headshot Photographers
• United Kingdom Acting Schools
• London Performers Unions and Organizations
• Miscellaneous London Actors Resources
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

For Los Angeles filming, minors and foreign talent must also be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States. Both the London and Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Randi Hiller
VP Casting
The Walt Disney Studios
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521


Lucy Bevan Casting
Ealing Studios
Ealing Green
London W5 5EP

Extras Casting


Mad Dog Casting
2nd Floor Holborn Hall
193-197 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BD

Los Angeles:


Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Walt Disney Pictures
500 S Buena Vista St
Burbank, CA 91521

Joe Roth Films, Inc.
10880 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Offspring Entertainment
8755 Colgate Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Zanuck Company
16 Beverly Park
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Sarah Bradshaw
Joe Roth
Richard D. Zanuck
Don Hahn
Daniel Newman


Robert Stromberg


Angelina Jolie – Maleficent
Juno Temple – Thistletwit
Elle Fanning – Princess Aurora
Sharlto Copley – Stefan
Imelda Staunton – Knotgrass
Miranda Richardson – Queen Ulla
Kenneth Cranham – King Henry
Sam Riley – Diaval
Lesley Manville – Flittle


Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is the self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil” who, after not being invited to the infant Princess Aurora’s christening, curses the baby to “prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die” before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. Maleficent (which means “Evil-doer”) is a half dragon and the evil fairy godmother of Princess Aurora. The three good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather end up protecting Princess Aurora by weakening the curse so that Aurora will fall into a deep sleep instead, with only a kiss from her true love to awaken her. They hide Aurora until her sixteenth birthday passes, at which point an angry Maleficent sets out to find Aurora and fulfill the curse.


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John Done is a casting auditions writer.

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