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Elysium star Sharlto Copley says Angelina Jolie is the "perfect" Maleficent

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The South African star of Elysium, Sharlto Copley, says Angelina Jolie is "perfect" in the role of an evil Queen in Disney's Maleficent.

Talking to Sydney Confidential on the red carpet at Elysium's Australian premiere, Copley said Jolie will surprise audiences with her performance in the fairytale blockbuster.

"I think the role of Maleficent is so perfectly suited to her," he said.

"She has this incredible range that people forget because she has become such an icon in our society with her visual look."

"Angie's playing a character that has these multifaceted layers, that can be very hard and very steely on the outside, but with a real heart underneath.

"I think it's going to be a very interesting performance from her."

Copley said he felt "very privileged" working with her on what he describes as a "really huge film".

It's the latest in a growing number of blockbusters Copley has starred in after his breakout performance in District 9 (directed by Elysium's Neil Blomkamp).

From making up one fourth of The A-Team to taking on Matt Damon as a futuristic villain in Elysium, the character actor is keeping his parts varied.

As well as Maleficent, Copley is appearing in Spike Lee's remake of action classic Oldboy and in Blomkamp's third film Chappie.

Jolie will be in Australia next month as she directs her second film - Unbroken - in Sydney and on the Gold Coast.

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