British actress Ella Purnell has been tapped to replace India Eisley in Angelina Jolie's upcoming Disney film Maleficent. Eisley was set to play a younger version of Jolie's evil title character in the live-action film, but was recently replaced after producers had to re-shoot the opening scenes, according to TheWrap.com.
The movie, which tells the story of the villainess' beginnings and why she cursed Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, was originally filmed last summer (12) and is set for release next year (May14).
India Eisley has been cast to play a younger version of Angelina Jolie in the upcoming movie Maleficent. So basically, she's been deemed as beautiful as Jolie was several years ago. Every actress's dream!
The film is a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, told from the point-of-view of the title "Mistress of All Evil," to be played by Jolie and the 18-year-old Eisley, a star of ABC Family's hit series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. It's easily the biggest role and film for Eisley, whose most notable previous big-screen appearance came earlier this year, with a part in Underworld: Awakening.
Award-winning visual-effects supervisor/designer Robert Stromberg signed on in January to make his directorial debut with Maleficent, which is slated for a May 2014 release.
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After sitting out most of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans the 2009 “prequel” to the Underworld saga Kate Beckinsale returns to her trademark role as the face of the blockbuster action-horror franchise in Underworld: Awakening. The film finds Beckinsale’s vampire heroine Selene waking up in a research facility after a dozen years in hibernation whereupon she discovers that both vampires and lycans the traditional adversaries of the Underworld universe are now nearly extinct – “cleansed ” as it were by us good-old humans – and that her 12-year-old daughter Eve (India Eisley) is imperiled. It seems that both the dreaded lycans and a mad scientist named Dr. Jacob Lane (poor Stephen Rea) are after the girl on account of her special DNA.
All of which is meant to provide a serviceable backdrop for a good 85 minutes or so of relentless carnage orchestrated with relish by the Swedish directing tandem of Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein and meted out dutifully by Beckinsale. Nine years after she first portrayed Selene the actress appears as comfortable as ever in her familiar black leather as she carves through waves of monstrous creatures and hapless henchmen performing the odd acrobatic feat to better position herself for the killing blow. The bloodlust occasionally pauses to allow Beckinsale a moment to emote over lost love or seek a fleeting bond with her offspring but soon more CGI beasts arrive on hand and the soulless slaughter hastily recommences. Gorehounds hungry for splatter will delight at the myriad ways Underworld: Awakening finds to depict an exploding skull (in fabulous brain-bursting IMAX 3D!) but in the end they’re likely the only ones who’ll leave the theater sated.