India Eisley Cast as Young Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

photoThe Secret Life of the American Teenager star India Eisley is joining the cast of Maleficent, Disney’s live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Eisley (Underworld: Awakening) will play a younger version of Angelina Jolie’s villainous character Maleficent in the opening act, which establishes the character’s role in the kingdom’s hierarchy and what led her to curse Princess Aurora (Fanning), reports Variety.

The story centers on the evil fairy Maleficent, who curses Princess Aurora, proclaiming that before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall asleep from which she can only be awakened by true love’s kiss. Maleficent is scheduled to hit theaters on March 14, 2014.

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