Angelina Jolie fittingly stars in the title role, delivering a performance that I'm hoping will have the nuance similar to that in author Gregory Maguire's Wicked. She's already got the look for it, that's for sure. The film is directed by Robert Stromberg, who's mostly known for his technical skills, providing the visual effects for films such as Life Of Pi and There Will Be Blood (this is actually his first directing credit--fingers crossed it this isn't all visuals and no story). Paul Dini, Linda Woolverton with John Lee Hancock penned the script (the latter also directed the upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks).
Elle Fanning also stars in the film, as the wide-eyed princess Aurora we're used to seeing as the protagonist in this story. Sharlto Copley plays her father, King Stefan, while Miranda Richardson is Queen Ulla.
Here is the official synopsis of the film from Collider:
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.
Watch the trailer:
MALEFICENT is in theaters May 30, 2014.