Originally posted on Variety:
Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt and Shailene Woodley are muscling into the summer blockbuster boys club.
For decades, popcorn films have usually been reserved for actors with XY chromosomes, but “Maleficent,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Fault in Our Stars” are upending tradition and exposing cracks in a resilient glass ceiling.
Consider the evidence:
Disney is betting on Jolie’s global appeal to help sell the hugely expensive, $175 million-budgeted “Maleficent.” The actress, bedecked in sinister horns, lips curled into a menacing smile, dominates the movie’s print and television advertising. Clearly the studio thinks that Jolie in this meaty role is almost as big a draw as, say, Johnny Depp hamming it up as Captain Jack Sparrow. The only other character to warrant extensive screen time in trailers is Elle Fanning, an emerging star who plays the princess fated to have a nasty encounter with a spindle.
For its part, Disney stresses…
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