Films and books that re-imagine classic fairy tales in a format that paints “bad” characters in a more sympathetic–or at least morally complex manner a la Wicked seem to be the order of the day.

And Disney‘s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie and scheduled for release in the U.S. at the end of this month, looks like one of the most ambitious entries in this genre. Take a look at the trailer after the jump for a glimpse at the dark fairy’s past: 

Past trailers have given us a fair idea of the film’s plot: A re-telling of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the “evil” fairy who cursed her as a baby out of vengeance. This time, it looks like we will see a bit more of Princess Aurora’s life between birth and the age of 16 when she fell into her famous sleep.

Evidently, we will also get a better understanding of how Maleficent lost her fairy wings, and what drove her to become the dark, vengeful being that we know from the original tale.

Exactly HOW sympathetic this film will make her is still not certain, but at the very least, it seems we will have an understanding of what motivated her vengeance against King Stefan’s (Sharlto Copley) newborn daughter.

In any case, Maleficent looks stylish and interesting, and Angelina Jolie–from what little I’ve seen–looks like she’s enjoying the role immensely:

Source: Screen Rant

Category: Film

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