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First Pic Of Angelina Jolie's Maleficent
Disney villainess gets her horns on

19 June 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Disney's alt.fairy tale Maleficent starts shooting today and to mark the occasion in style, the studio has given everyone a free pass to the Magic Kingdom with special valet parking by Goofy. OK, they haven't, but they have released a stunning first look at the movie's title character, the magnificently moody villain as played by Angelina Jolie. Yes, the horns are still there. No, we're no longer sore about the valet parking thing.


In fact, we've reached for the Empire dictionary and pulled out the word 'chiaroscuro' to describe this beautiful blend of light and shadow. Jolie hardly needs help to look good but by the looks of things director Robert Stromberg, production designer on Alice In Wonderland and Avatar, is giving it to her anyway. And check out that gleam in her eye - doesn't that look rather dragon-y?

Disney's original Maleficent in 1959's Sleeping Beauty
Disney's original Maleficent in 1959's Sleeping Beauty

Jolie has described Maleficent as more than the traditional villainess who'll transform into a dragon and hit "scorch" at the first sniff of a grievance. In short, it's Maleficent's journey to the place we found her in Sleeping Beauty. “I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things", she told EW, "and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other warmer qualities. You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is.”

Colour us excited. Joining her for the ride are Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Lesley Manville, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Miranda Richardson. The film's scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in the US, and should be out here around the same time.


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Your Comments

Call Me picky
But how come her skin isent that shade of pale green ? More

Posted by bigollytg at 20:28 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Epic fail
Blimey, this image is supposed to be magnificent is it? Another Disney yawn-fest in the pipeline (who else hated Snow White and the Coxman?) Frankly, you could dress my dong in Angie's costume and that would be more scary! More

Posted by jace007 at 08:25 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Hmm
I'm good with "complicated." Not sure I want Maleficent to go the route of the Wicked Witch of the West in 'Wicked.' Learning why she became so twisted that not being invited to a christening drives her to pronounce a death sentence on a baby should not always equal feeling sorry for the villain or, worse, making excuses for her along the lines of, "But somebody hurt her/her sister/her mother/her pet raven when she was a kid, so it, like, makes it perfectly okay that she's a demon More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 01:24 on 20 June 2012 | Report This Post

Never mind the horns...
I could slice cheese on those cheekbones of hers. More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 23:22 on 19 June 2012 | Report This Post

Chiaroscuro
What a good word. I do like the idea if I'm honest. And this is a nerdy reason but it's actually Kingdom Hearts that is the only format that actually tried to give Maleficent a back story and made her even MORE evil and intriguing that her original part. So if they can do it better than Kingdom Hearts (and for some reason I'm not sure yet...) then colour me excited. More

Posted by kisswithatear at 20:37 on 19 June 2012 | Report This Post

Looks almost Giger'esqe
They'll be doing a film about the Hansel and Gretel's abusive step mother next.... More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 19:39 on 19 June 2012 | Report This Post

No No No...
Maleficent is meant to be pure evil, not a complicated person with a hidden warm side. While that shot of Angelina as Maleficent looks awesome, the whole premise of the film sounds terrible. Why couldn't this be a life action retelling of Sleeping Beauty instead? More

Posted by criffle at 17:11 on 19 June 2012 | Report This Post


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