Angelina Jolie is the face of Disney’s latest production, Maleficent, a spin-off tale from the 1959 Sleeping Beauty film. The synopsis from Disney is as follows:
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.
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 in May 2014.
- Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
- Sharlto Copley as Stefan
- Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora
- Sam Riley as Diaval
- Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass
- Juno Temple as Thistletwit
- Lesley Manville as Flittle