Jolie's children like her new role

Angelina Jolie has revealed that her children are looking forward to seeing her play Sleepy Beauty villain Maleficent.

The Oscar-winning actress has signed up to play the lead in Robert Stromberg's new fairytale adaptation, and the horns she'll be wearing for the part have got her six children excited.

I'm having a lot of fun. I've already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy," she told Entertainment Weekly.

'We're experimenting with different things,' she explained. 'But the horns are the horns - you can't deny them. You have to have horns.'

The 36-year-old, who is rumoured to be joined for the film by Elle Fanning, is keen to work on a darker take on a fairytale.

'It's not anti-princess, but it's the first time they're looking at this epic woman [in a different way],' she divulged. 'It's a really great script.'

Production on Maleficent is set to start in June.