Sleeping Beauty gets hers in 2014 at the hands of Angelina Jolie, playing Maleficent in a live-action “re-imagining” of the familiar Disney story. Well, not really. This is more of an origins story for the Disney villain, her “untold story” back when she wasn’t so villainous or evil. Also, look for the trailer to arrive tomorrow.
Here’s the full synopsis:
From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
I don’t know if all of that is made up for this take, or if it was always in the original story. I don’t recall the evil Queen in “Sleeping Beauty” ever being anything but evil, but I’ve only seen the animated movie once in my life, and it wasn’t even all the way through.
Anyhoo. Check out the first official poster from the movie below, featuring, of course, Jolie.
“Maleficent”, from director Robert Stromberg, co-stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. It opens next year, May 30, 2014.