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'Maleficent' trailer shows Angelina Jolie as the 'Sleeping Beauty' villain

'Maleficent' shows another side of the 'Sleeping Beauty' fairy tale, focusing on the fairy often thought of as evil. 'Maleficent' also stars Elle Fanning and Ella Purnell.

By Sandy SchaeferScreen Rant / November 13, 2013

Angelina Jolie stars in 'Maleficent.'

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Maleficent is the next installment in Walt Disney Pictures’ digital era live-action fairy tale movie series, which began with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and continued to enjoy success (though not as much $ucce$$) with Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful earlier this year. However, the Mouse House’s Sleeping Beauty film doesn’t have an A-list director; it’s banking on the name of its leading lady, Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie.

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Jolie stars as the eponymous malevolent fairy in the film, which introduces us to Maleficent as a teenager (played by Kick-Ass 2 costar Ella Purnell) and examines her experiences growing up. That includes, the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the innocent Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), as retribution for the wrongful acts that she had suffered over the years.

Basically, Maleficent is Disney’s revisionist take on the classic Sleeping Beauty story, as told from the perspective of its villainess; it’s what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz. The screenplay was penned by Linda Woolverton – writer of Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Burton’s Alice retelling – with additional material provided by John Lee Hancock (co-writer of Snow White and the Huntsman and director of Saving Mr. Banks).

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