Disney’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie is set to hit theatres this Summer on May 30. The film is a retelling of the classic 1959 tale, Sleeping Beauty and also stars Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip. A teaser trailer was released a few months ago and featured astonishing sets reminiscent of magical kingdoms and epic medieval tales. Check out the teaser below –
Some great visuals building the medieval and enchanted world.
And some great make up and costuming brings alive the villain from our childhood nightmares!
A sneak peek trailer was also shown on the Disney channel recently and features more scenes, including comparative scenes from the 1959 animated version. Check the new trailer below –
The trailer starts off with a comparison of the animated version and the live version.
Yay! Flora, Fauna and Merryweather … our favourite faires!
They definitely look cute, but the special effect also kind of looks unfinished …
Look who decided to crash the party …
In a scene reminiscent with the animated version … Maleficent puts a curse on the young princess.
Leaving King Stefan worried for the safety of his daughter!
We all know what happens next … the Princess grows up …
She dances in the forest with the woodland creatures …
Meets and falls in love with the Prince …
Pricks her finger on the needle …
and falls into a deep slumber …
Awakening only after Phillip defeats Maleficent and kisses her.
However, as always, there seems to be a twist, judging from these scenes where Maleficent and Aurora seem to cross paths.
And Maleficent takes the time to warn (or perhaps scare) Aurora about the dangers lurking in the forest.
Sure, Maleficent will still be evil and raise thorns …
And there will be epic battles (although I don’t remember any in the animated version – at least not on this scale)
But this time, we will see her back story and try to understand the reasons behind Maleficent’s nature.
The film stars Angelina Jolie and her cheekbones!
And is out on May 30, 2014.
Indeed, the film is a different take on the fairy tale. The synopsis of the film reads as below –
A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
The film is directed by Robert Stromberg, who is known for his visual effects, but this is his first time in the director’s chair.