After her romp as mean girl Dolce in this summer's Kick-Ass 2, is set to play another girl with a mean streak as the younger version of in Disney's upcoming Maleficent, which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty through the eyes of the villainess herself.
The 17-year-old actress will step into the role, replacing after producers decided to reshoot the beginning of the movie. The live-action remake is a directorial debut for producer veteran , but Disney turned the direction of the reshoot to Saving Mr. Banks director .
The story focuses on the villaness` beginnings as an originally pure-hearted woman fighting for her kingdom's freedom, eventually turning cold to the point of cursing her new-born royal baby, Princess Aurora.
Purnell has already had practice playing the younger version of an actress as ’s character in ’s Never Let Me Go.
Maleficent, which also stars , , , , , and , is set to be in theaters next May.