Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Trailer Premieres Online [Video]

The first trailer for fantasy film Maleficent has been released today.

Wednesday saw the first trailer and three new images from the Disney’s action fantasy “Maleficent,” letting us think what the anticipated Angelina Jolie movie will look and feel like.

The movie, a prequel to the animated classic story “Sleeping Beauty,” reorients the movie to the title villainess and explores her back story, explains The Los Angeles Times.

“I know who you are,” says young Elle Fanning who performs the role of Princess Aurora that will become the sleeping beauty character.

“You’ve been watching over me my whole life.” Jolie’s face is hidden in shadows. Fanning says, “Don’t be afraid.” Jolie steps forward, “I am not afraid,” but, when asked to reveal herself, replies, “Then you’ll be afraid.”

Disney’s official synopsis reads: “Maleficent is 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 realises that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.”

The movie is the first one for its director, Robert Stromberg, a two-time Oscar winner as an art director.

Judging by shots taken from the just released trailer, a digitized thicket of thorny branches emerges from the ground, solidifying the dark, goth-y feel of the trailer.

The director seems to be aiming “to play to his strengths even while taking the reins of a big-budget star vehicle”, writes The Los Angeles Times.

As for the actress, she’s offered her own rationale for playing the character: “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” Jolie revealed at the D23 promotional event this past summer.

“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.”

The movie cast also includes new Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Sharlto Copley and Jolie’s five-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, who will debut in the industry as the young Princess Aurora.
The movie is scheduled to hit UK and US cinemas on May 30, 2014.
Speaking about new movies, it should be noted that this weekend “Thor: The Dark World” topped the box office with $86.1 million.

The sequel of the famous super action movie debuted with an astonishing $86 million, claims Marvel distributor Walt Disney Studios.

According to the studio, the success of “Thor: The Dark World” was named the fourth-highest opening of the year, but it still stands behind another Marvel film, “Iron Man 3,” whose $174-million debut is the biggest of 2013.

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