Angelina Jolie looks evil in the first Maleficent trailer

Angelina Jolie in Maleficient

While Star Wars and Marvel are the big moneymakers for Disney these days and in the future, let’s not forget that the Mouse House has been milking their older brands for years.  With the well still not dried up on SLEEPING BEAUTY just yet, Disney has made a live action film based on the film’s villain, MALEFICENT.  The first trailer can be viewed below and it looks like they’ve definitely created a new world to tell the story.  I’m not sure it works in this brief trailer, but I’m still interested to see what Angelina Jolie does with the character.

MALEFICENT is set to star Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.  The Robert Stromberg directed film hits theaters on May 30th, 2014.  The official MALEFICENT synopsis:

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.

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