Angelina Jolie conjures dark magic in new ‘Maleficent’ teaser

Jan. 20, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.

Angelina Jolie is the model of cool vengeance in the new teaser for “Maleficent,” the live-action retelling of Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the point of view of the striking sorceress.

Due in theaters May 30, the film stars Jolie in the title role and sees the actress don the cape and horns of the character, a childhood favorite.

“Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” Jolie said at an appearance at the studio’s D23 convention in Anaheim last year. “I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel.”

The promotional spot for the film — which debuted over the weekend on the Disney Channel — plays up the connection to the 1959 movie, contrasting memorable images from “Sleeping Beauty” with corresponding footage from the new film, which is directed by Robert Stromberg, who won an art direction Oscar for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

“Maleficent” purports to focus on the events that led the character to the path of evil, which suggests that she’ll likely be depicted in a more sympathetic light than in the 1959 feature — at one point in the new trailer, she warns the Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), “There is an evil in this world, and I cannot keep you from it.”

The clip concludes with what appears to be one of the haunting climatic moments from the animated tale — the wicked conjurer raising a forest of thorns from the ground. (The same image was featured in the first teaser for the film released last year.)

“Maleficent’s” cast also includes Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay.

Like the new “Maleficent” teaser? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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3 Responses to Angelina Jolie conjures dark magic in new ‘Maleficent’ teaser

  1. nancy says:

    can wait this is my favorite story of all times. as a child i want this to happen to me still waiting LOl !!! I hope u will show a preview in Los Angeles

  2. justa thought says:

    saw the trailer, looking forward to it. but maleficent's curse "sleep like death" ??
    shouldn't it be "death like sleep" ? the alternative would take it out of the expected storyline.
    unless it was meant to be "a sleep, like death"
    though it didn't seem like it from the trailer

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