Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is all cheekbones and horns in the new teaser trailer for Disney’s Maleficent. The film follows the Wicked template of lending sympathy for the evil queen/stepmother/middle-aged magic practitioner. It’s a film trend I’ve previously described as “the new spate of princess movies, with an Oscar-winning villainess and flavor-of-the-month ingenue as the princess-heroine.” Elle Fanning plays the doe-eyed innocent here.  

The original Maleficent story from Sleeping Beauty has a witch essentially putting a teenage girl into a coma because she (the grown-up) doesn’t get invited to a party. Here’s hoping this prequel from director Robert Stromberg and writers Paul Dini and Linda Woolverton has a much better story. 

The film will be out May 2014.

Watch the Maleficent teaser trailer: 

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