|Note that the release date was changed to May 2014|
"Maleficent' is a film from Walt Disney Pictures live action feature starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, and Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip. The character "Maleficent" derives from "Sleeping Beauty," the 1959 classic animated feature film from Walt Disney Productions.
"Maleficent" takes a closer look at the pivotal character of the witch who causes all the trouble for Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty. Adapted from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "Maleficent" shows what caused the evil witch to become hardened and ultimately to place a curse on innocent young Princess Aurora.
|This film shows the reality of filming, with Angelina Jolie "flying" in the midst of the crew's parked cars|
The release date for "Maleficent" is May 30, 2014 in the US and the UK. Other countries mostly within a day or two of that, with a few, such as Cambodia, Portugal, Lithuania and Serbia, about a week later. Some countries will see the film in early July: India, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Hong Kong (July 24). The release date for China is yet to be determined. The film is directed by Robert Stromberg.
|Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty"|
Angelina Jolie told Entertainment Weekly about her personal connection to Maleficent:
"Maleficent was always so elegant. She was always in control. And to play her was difficult. I worked on my voice a lot. She's bigger than me. She's on a different level of performance than I have ever done. She's very still. She's very sure of her voice. I kept playing with these different types of British voices, making my voice darker and scarier.
"I was giving my kids a bath, and I started making up other stories about Maleficent. They weren't really paying attention to me...until I started to mess around with this playful [singsongy] voice. It gets very, very dark, but it had these colors. My kids started laughing. And that's how I would rehearse my scenes.”
Below are trailers for "Maleficent," and an interesting makeup tutorial that some of you may find of interest.