After yesterday’s unveiling of the first teaser poster, today brings our debut look at footage from the villainous riff of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. If the trailer’s setting reminds anyone of the design of Alice in Wonderland, Avatar or Oz the Great and Powerful, it’s due to the involvement of Oscar winner Robert Stromberg, who is directing for the first time with this Disney tentpole. As expected, this brief teaser showcases what the studio paid him for with an elaborate world design, but let’s just hope this is a story worth retelling. Check it out below for the film also starring Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” 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.
Maleficent opens on May 30th, 2014.
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