Disney presents "Maleficent," starring Academy Award-winning actress Angelina
Jolie in the title
role. This year, 2014, marks the 55th Anniversary of the character who put a
spell on young "Sleeping
Beauty" in the animated feature released by Disney in 1959. Since her
introduction, Maleficent has
been Disney's all-time most popular villain. Now she returns in this live-action
version of the classic story-and
there's a lot about her we never knew.
"I loved Maleficent when I was a little girl," says Jolie. "She was my favorite
Disney character. I was afraid of her
and I loved her." This duality intrigued producer Joe Roth as well. "This movie
is about a character we've only
known as hard-hearted," says Roth, "and our story answers the question 'Why?'
I'd like audiences to feel like
they've entered a world they've never seen before with 'Maleficent' and I hope
they come away feeling like no
one is beyond redemption."
"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the
classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately
turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect
the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable
curse upon the human king's newborn infant, Aurora. As the child grows,
Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest
kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her
legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land
and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
"Maleficent" is directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer
Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland"), in his directorial debut,
and produced by Joe Roth. The screenplay is by Linda Woolverton ("The
Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast") and the film is executive produced by
Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah
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