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’Maleficent’ :: The Good Word on A Bad Beauty

by Mike Halterman
Friday May 30, 2014
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Promising to be the next classic from Disney Pictures, the live-action film "Maleficent," with Angelina Jolie in the title role, is making its way to movie theaters nationwide on Friday, May 30. Angelina Jolie, in addition to acting in the film, also serves as executive producer.

Have you ever wondered the backstory behind the villain featured in the Disney classic "Sleeping Beauty?" The film "Maleficent" tells this story in great detail.

Angelina Jolie is introduced into the film as we see her character trying her hardest to keep control of the moors where she lives. Driven by a need to protect her land and pangs of imminent threat, Maleficent places a curse on the king’s baby daughter Aurora, a curse that can’t ever be taken back. Aurora grows into a teenager and realizes that she has to choose between the forests and greenery that gave her so much joy and the human kingdom which she, in time, will have to inherit. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may be the missing piece in the puzzle that, if solved, could mean peace for the moors and for the humans. She takes matters into her own hands, altering the fate of their lives and the world forever.

Angelina Jolie revealed to E! Online that it took makeup artists and costumers two and a half hours every day to transform her into Maleficent for the cameras. Co-stars Elle Fanning and Sam Riley have nothing but great things to say about Jolie. "We had the best time. I really love her," Fanning said to V Magazine. "I mean, she looks unbelievably gorgeous and elegant, and she’s playing evil! She has horns."

Angelina Jolie fought to have Sam Riley included in this film, and he was very grateful. Talking to GQ Magazine, he related the time he met the actress. "She came in the room with a big, beaming smile. I thought ’...it’s Angelina Jolie, this is fun!’ " She didn’t forget him, and now he is starring in his first major Hollywood feature.

In the lead roles, Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent and Elle Fanning plays Aurora. Sharlto Copley plays King Stefan, Sam Riley plays Diaval, Imelda Staunton plays Knotgrass, Juno Temple plays Thistletwit and Lesley Manville plays Flittle. The screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton, produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg. Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serve as executive producers.


For more information on Maleficent, visit disney.com/maleficent. Also, like them on facebook at facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent, and follow Disney on twitter for Maleficent news at @DisneyPictures.

http://movies.disney.com/maleficent

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