‘Maleficent’ trailer: Angelina Jolie takes wing, dragon makes debut

March 18, 2014 | 11:55 a.m.

The new trailer for “Maleficent” has arrived — and it seems to finally reveal a glimpse of the creature “Sleeping Beauty” fans had been hoping to see — a massive fire-breathing dragon that could be the sorceress transformed.

Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of the character who famously curses the infant Princess Aurora at her christening, Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie.

The new trailer begins with the film’s take on that integral scene from the animated movie (interestingly, in this version, she makes a point of saying that Aurora will fall into a death-like sleep — in the earlier movie, of course, Maleficent says the infant girl will die after she pricks her finger on the spindle of the spinning wheel).

The clip features some scenes that previously had been released, including a conversation between the adolescent Aurora (Elle Fanning) and the sorceress that leads into Maleficent confiding that she once had wings, but they were stolen from her (a detail first revealed in a poster that was released Monday).

The haunting strains of Lana Del Rey’s cover of “Once Upon a Dream,” a song originally featured in the 1959 animated classic, also can be heard early on.

The trailer then builds to a climactic montage with images of Maleficent summoning the creatures that dwell in the shadows to stand with her, and near the very end of the clip, a dragon is seen, flames blasting from its nostrils.

Jolie has said that it was an honor to 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.”

Are you excited to see “Maleficent”? What do you think of the new trailer? And the dragon? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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3 Responses to ‘Maleficent’ trailer: Angelina Jolie takes wing, dragon makes debut

  1. @shilparules says:

    Co-starring Brad Gelding, a host of eunuchs, and a passel of boutique kids.

  2. Rita Luisa says:

    Angelina is magnificent anyway….a double Oscar winner, she can do anything….from "Gia" "Changeling," Lara Kroft and more, with her beautiful family… she is the best that Hollywood has to offer today! I think she should play Ava Gardner, and Brad would be Frank Sinatra in a new movie about old Hollywood….

  3. FrauenStyle says:

    I think Angelina Jolie is utterly overrated, I don't understand what is the hype about her in the media. She appears all the time in the magazine, tabloid, or even on the newspaper. Tied up with Megan Fox, at the first place gah!! http://frauenstyle.com

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