David O. Russell Is Being Considered for Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: David O. Russell attends the opening night premiere of "The Union" at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at North Cove at World Financial Center Plaza on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) Photo: Jason Kempin/2011 Getty Images

Earlier this week, Vulture asked David O. Russell about rumors that he's looking to cast Angelina Jolie in his next project, The Silver Lining Playbook. He told us: "I think Angelina would love to be in it, but I don't know if that'll happen because of some conflicts in scheduling and other stuff. But I love her and I've loved talking to her about several projects." Could one of these several other projects be Maleficent, the reimagining of Sleeping Beauty to which Jolie has long been attached? It could, as Russell is apparently one of the directors being considered for the flick. One less likely possibility: Jolie as Arturo Gatti in that Fighter sequel? [HR]