MALEFICENT is an upcoming 2014 dark fantasy thriller film directed by Robert Stromberg, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and starring Angelina Jolie as the titular Disney Villain character. It marks the directorial debut of production designer Robert Stromberg (best known for his Academy Award-winning production design on Alice in Wonderland, Avatar, Oz the Great and Powerful).
A prequel and remake of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, the film conveys the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent. Starring alongside Jolie, Elle Fanning (Somewhere, Super 8) is portrayed the ethereal Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Brenton Thwaites as the charming Prince Phillip. The ensemble cast also including Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Ella Purnell, and Peter Capaldi.
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.
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