What DOES Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) find so interesting up there? | Disney

Here’s our first look at Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. At first I wondered what could be so darn interesting up there, and then I decided that her pointy-eared hat is probably making it difficult to keep her head level. It does hark back to the original evil queen in the 1959 animated tale, though.

Maleficent circa 1959 | Disney

At any rate, this is Walt Disney Pictures’ retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, only told from the perspective of the princess’ evil nemesis, Maleficent, a.k.a. the Mistress of All Evil. Not to read anything into this, but Jolie seems born to play this part, doesn’t she?

Robert Stromberg is the director, and many of his credits are as visual effects or production designer — films like [amazon_link id=”B0041KKYHE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Water for Elephants[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B002VPE1B6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Avatar[/amazon_link], Alice in Wonderland, and Sam Raimi’s upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Also in this movie: Elle Fanning (Princess Aurora), Juno Temple (Thistlewit), Brenton Thwaites (Young Prince), India Eisley (Young Maleficent), Sharlto Copley (Stefan), Miranda Richardson (Queen Ulla), and Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass).

Maleficent is scheduled to hit theaters on March 14, 2014.


  1. She looks scary in her costume and make-up, but she’s beautiful. I think she’ll have a movie that will click all over the world.

  2. I like it. I always thought Maleficent was the most interesting part of Sleeping Beauty. Why is it that the villains always come off as more dynamic than the good guys in many Disney flicks?


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