BATD ON May 29, 2014 AT 3:00 pm

Maleficent Movie Poster

Maleficent is the hotly anticipated Disney production on 2014 and is set for release at the end of May. The film is directed by Robert Stromberg and will star Angelina Jolie as the renowned villain.

Angelina Jolie

The plot tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of Maleficent, delving back into her life as a young girl to begin the story. The film takes a similar angle to that of the highly acclaimed musical Wicked that told the story of the Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and sought to turn the traditional villain into an anti-hero.

Sleeping Beauty herself is played by the up and coming Elle Fanning, with others such as Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Sam Riley as well as Angelina’s very own daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt taking up her first ever movie role as the toddler Princess Aurora. The brand new Maleficent featurette has been released. Take a look below.

It is sure to be one not to miss, and will definitely require an indulgent viewing of the classic Sleeping Beauty afterwards. Here’s the first teaser trailer we got to see just after Christmas.

 ”Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

 The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

 “Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith, Palak Patel and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in cinemas on 30th May 2014.

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