‘Maleficent’: Angelina Jolie soars through the clouds [videos]

May 21, 2014 | 4:28 p.m.

Two new clips from Disney’s “Maleficent” have been released — and they deepen the story of Angelina Jolie’s  fairy-gone-bad.

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 was once a fairy with wings that were stolen from her. That theft appears to have set Maleficent on the path to evil.

In the new clip, we see how much fun Maleficent used to have. She soars through the air with her beautiful feathered span, gliding close to the water before soaring into the clouds and basking in the sun.

The classic tale that “Maleficent” is based on starts with the fallen fairy famously cursing the infant Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) at her christening. In another newly released scene, Aurora, now an inquisitive girl, is seen exploring the Moors and greeting benevolent sprites — until they are scared away by Maleficent hiding in the shadows. 

Aurora coaxes her out, despite Maleficent warning her that she’ll be scared of what she sees. The Queen of the Moors emerges from the dark in full-on sorceress regalia: all black, including her trademark horns. Aurora, quite the optimist, deems her “my fairy godmother.” 

The encounter in the Moors echoes a line from the film’s trailer, where Maleficent warns Princess Aurora, “There is an evil in this world, and I cannot keep you from it.” Indeed.

In addition to Jolie and Fanning, the film also stars Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay.

Are you intrigued by the new “Maleficent” clips? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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