Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ hits theaters on March 14th.  With the release date drawing closer, the studio has released nine new still photos to promote the film, which was directed by Robert Stromberg (‘Avatar’, ‘Alice In Wonderland’) and stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville and focuses on the villainess from Disney’s animated classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

Here is the movie’s synopsis:

“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.”

Obviously, this take cribs a bit from ‘Wicked’ recasting a previously nonredeemable villain in a more heroic light and Jolie looks absolutely mesmerizing in the role.  Check out these nine new photos for yourself:

You can view the trailer here.

Are you excited to see this live action spin on ‘Sleeping Beauty’?  Comment below!