The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptations. In theatres this weekend is Maleficent, Disney’s twist on Sleeping Beauty in where focus is put on the tale’s dark villainess instead of the young, cursed princess. (more…)
With Disney‘s D23 expo somehow avoiding any significant Star Wars wars news, people have found other things to get excited for. With so many projects announced, fans have been crowding around Maleficent – the film centered around Sleeping Beauty’s villain. Releasing first ever footage from the movie, the expo has released a few new details, many of which we have for you.
Putting a spin on the classic Disney tale, viewers will be treated to Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, as a teenage fairy. Odds a younger actress will take over the teenage role, but as it goes on will feature Jolie at intersecting points to the Disney animation; including the battle between the prince and the dragon.
The clip released at the expo is just one of those intersecting points, the christening of Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning as a younger Princess. While we can’t show you the footage, since it hasn’t been leaked yet, we can however give you the cliff notes revealing the castle and the fairies, played by Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville, granting baby Aurora wishes until things get dark and stormy.
Everything begins to shake, Maleficent’s horns appear, and then her shadow as she sweeps into the room in a giant gown. “Well well,” she laughs. “I must say I felt quite distressed not receiving an invitation. What an awkward situation.” King Stefan, played by Sharlto Copley, declares “You’re not welcome here,” but the command falls on deaf ears as green energy and smoke surround Maleficent as she casts her curse. Intercut with this scene is footage of an older Aurora running around happily, ending the clip with the audience’s knowledge of what’s to come.
It sound’s like a great way to kick off promoting a movie, and according to Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta, is a “really look[ing] like a Disney fairy tale come to life.”
Maleficent arrives July 2, 2014. Check out the newer, updated synopsis below:
“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 realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.