First look: Angelina Jolie is Maleficent
And she looks magnificent
A prequel and remake of Walt Disney's 1959 animated adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, the film Maleficent conveys the story from the perspective of Disney's most iconic villain and is set for release next year – written and directed by Linda Woolverton and Robert Stromberg respectively.
In the first poster and trailer for the picture, Angelina Jolie is shown peering out from behind a dramatic black cape that covers part of her face. She also sports an elaborate black headpiece. Jolie's pale skin, red lips and intense green and brown eyes starkly contrast against the black.
Disney's original Maleficent drawing, circa 1959
The film reveals the events that hardened Maleficent's heart, focusing on her early life, in which she rises to be her forest kingdom's fiercest protector before she suffers a ruthless betrayal. Intent on revenge, she places a curse upon newborn infant, Princess Aurora.
The film co-stars Elle Fanning as Aurora, plus Sharlto Copley and Juno Temple. Interestingly, the young Aurora is also played at two younger stages in her life, by 12-year-old British actress Eleanor Worthington Cox and as a four-year-old by none other than Vivienne Jolie-Pitt.
Angelina Jolie with her four-year-old daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt
Maleficent will be released in 3D on May 30, 2014.