Angelina Jolie is "Maleficent." (AP Photo / Disney Enterprises, Inc.)Link
Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt escort their six children through Tokyo's airport in this file photo. (AFP / Getty Images)Link
Maleficient, one of the most famed of all Disney villains, from "Sleeping Beauty." (Walt Disney Company)Link
Maleficient, one of the most famed of all Disney villains, from "Sleeping Beauty." (Credit: Walt Disney Co.)Link
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s role in 2014’s hotly anticipated “Maleficent” makes her one of Hollywood’s newest — and youngest — starlets as she follows in the footsteps of her famous parents: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
So why are the media going gaga over the fact that Vivienne will be paid to do so? Maybe it’s because her pay day is $3,000 a week, quite a tidy sum for a 4-year-old.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, “Maleficent” is a live-action fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Disney has billed it as the untold story of the villain from the Oscar-winning 1959 Disney classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” In a delicious bit of casting, Angelina Jolie plays the role of the evil fairy Maleficent, who casts a spell on a beautiful young princess that causes her to fall into a 100-year-sleep, a curse that can only be broken by a prince.
“The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora,” according to Disney.
Elle Fanning plays the Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt plays a younger version of the princess.
Celebrity headlines from coast to coast were crowing Tuesday about the four-digit weekly salary for Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, as well as a reported $60 a day per diem.
“Well, no actor should be working for free,” a Screen Actor’s Guild representative told Hero Complex Tuesday. (No matter how rich and famous their parents are.)
Children are paid the same starting rate as adults, according to SAG-AFTRA: That’s $842 a day or $2,921 per week.
Smaller parts in the film have gone to Vivienne’s siblings, including Pax and Zahara.
What do you think about the close-to-home casting for “Maleficent?” Does it feel like nepotism? Or does add to the movie’s intrigue? Are you looking forward to seeing “Maleficent?”