Love it or loathe it, the live-action Maleficent movie is coming. And Disney has released a teaser trailer and a handful of new images to get you (a.) excited or (b.) riled up for its May 30, 2014 release. The movie stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning & Sharlto Copley. It is produced by Joe Roth, directed by Robert Stromberg, and written by Beauty and the Beast scribe Linda Woolverton, Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini and John Lee Hancock (director, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks).
From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” 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.