Angelina Jolie as Maleficent: First Photo!

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Angelina Jolie was brilliantly cast as Maleficent, the villain in Sleeping Beauty, in Disney's forthcoming live-action film based on and titled after the character.

Need proof? How about the striking photo below.

The Oscar-winning star, whose world-famous cheekbones and lips feel tailor made for the role, dons Maleficent's sinister horns in the first promotional pic:

Angelina Jolie Maleficent

A retelling of the 1959 animated classic (based on a well-known fairy tale), production finally began on Maleficent in England's Pinewood Studios June 13.

Disney says the film, an origins story of sorts, "reveals events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora," played by Elle Fanning.

"It's a really great script. I'm having a lot of fun. I've already got my horns fitted," Jolie said of the role in March. "My kids are very happy too."

"It's not anti-princess, but it's the first time they're looking at this epic woman [in a different way]," she explained of the new take on the story.

"Just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn't mean she can't have other [warmer] qualities ... You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is."

As for Angelina directing 50 Shades of Grey? Not happening.

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