Mad Murdoch leaves The A-Team for a Sleeping Beauty

In-demand South African actor Sharlto Copley (“The A-Team”, “District 9″, “Elysium”, the upcoming “Old Boy”, “Open Grave”) looks to have snagged himself another plum role.

Deadline has the actor joining Angelina Jolie in live-action ‘Sleeping Beauty’ spin-off, “Maleficent”. Jolie plays the title character, the evil fairy who gave Sleeping Beauty a hard time, and Copley would play King Stefan.

Production designer cum filmmaker Robert Stromberg will direct “Maleficent”.