Forget those milquetoast princesses. We all know the bad girls have all the fun! Disney has apparently become hip to this fact and are now focusing on those often overlooked villainesses, the first of which is due to hit theaters next year. ‘Maleficent’ features Angelina Jolie in the iconic role as Sleeping Beauty’s adversary.
First, here is Disney’s original animated version:
Now, here is the live-action version:
Okay, so she may not be green, but I think if anyone was born to portray a Disney evil queen, it was Angelina Jolie! She has the regal air about her and cheekbones that could cut glass! Her multicolored contacts give her a supernatural appeal and her cherry red lips pop against her pale skin here. Otherwise, it looks like the costume designer really went for it, emulating the cartoon Maleficent’s high collar and signature “horned” head piece.
And from the sound of things, the movie is taking a “Wicked” approach. (And by the way, “Wicked” is like my favorite thing ever!) In it, Jolie’s Maleficent starts out at a hero– “her forest kingdom’s fiercest protector before she suffers a ruthless betrayal.” This betrayal apparently sends her down the wrong path, ultimately leading her to place a curse on infant princess Aurora (or Briar Rose) after not being invited to her christening. Elle Fanning will portray Aurora in this film version.
The movie will also feature Sharlto Copley, Miranda Richardson, Brenton Thwaites, Peter Capaldi and Juno Temple. It is being directed by Robert Stromberg based on a script written by Linda Woolverton. Joe Roth is producing with Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith, Palak Patel with Sarah Bradshaw executive producing.
The movie will be released in 3D on May 30, 2014, but the first trailer for it will magically appear on Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing this evil fairy steal the spotlight and headline her own movie? Are there any other Disney villains that you think deserve the headliner status? (Jafar? Ursula? Scar?)