‘Maleficent’: Angelina Jolie is on the move in new clip [video]

May 14, 2014 | 4:14 p.m.

A new clip from “Maleficent” has arrived, showcasing the climactic moment when Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) pricks her finger and falls into a “sleep-like death,” the culmination of the curse the dark fairy placed on the girl at her christening.

Angelina Jolie, wearing the cape and horns of the title character, is seen galloping across an expansive landscape at sunset, goading her horse to go faster — which poses an interesting question: Is she attempting to save the girl from such a fate?

Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of Maleficent, a wicked sorceress who once had wings but they were stolen from her. That theft appears to set Maleficent on the path to evil.

Jolie said in a new featurette for the film that she was drawn to the story because “It’s kind of a different but classic fairy tale. It has a lot of heart.”

At an appearance at the studio’s D23 convention in Anaheim last year, the Oscar-winning actress stated that she’s always had an affinity for the striking villainess.

“Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” Jolie said. “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.”

Are you excited to see Jolie’s take on Maleficent? What do you think of the new clip? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

— Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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