Trailering Maleficent

Angelina Jolie makes a menacing Maleficent in the teaser for the live-action version of Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty opening May 30, 2014.

Ellie Fanning’s Aurora has been shadowed all her life by the mysterious enchantress, and now she wants her to come out into the light. But Maleficent displays her dark, glowing powers in creating a forest of thorns.

Rob Stromberg, the two-time Oscar-winning production designer (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland), makes his directorial debut, and infuses the look with a grim, fairy tale stylization that evokes the spirit of animation (legendary Rick Baker provides makeup).

Told from Maleficent’s point of view, it’s an origin story that attempts to humanize the beloved villain with pathos. Maleficent co-stars Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Miranda Richardson, and Imelda Staunton. Producer Joe Roth brought in John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) to punch up the opening. VFX is overseen by production supervisor Carey Villegas, with Digital Domain, Framestore, and MPC dividing the work.

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