November 13, 2013 at 10:02 am #118010
I’m pretty sure there isn’t a thread about this, so here it is
Maleficent is a dark fantasy film directed by Academy Award winner Robert Stromberg (production designer for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland), produced my Walt Disney Pictures and starring Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie (Girl Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Changeling) as the titular Disney Villain. The screenplay was written by Emmy Award winner Paul Dini (Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series) and Tony Award nominee Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King).
The film is a prequel and remake of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated adaptation of Sleeping Beauty and is scheduled for release on May 30, 2014
“Maleficent is 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.”
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil”
Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora / Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty
Sharlto Copley as King Stefan, a half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king
Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip, the promissed love of Princess Aurora
Juno Temple as Thistlewit, one of the three pixies who take care of Princess Aurora
Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass, one of the three pixies who take care of Princess Aurora
Lesley Manville as Flittle, one of the three pixies who take care of Princess Aurora
Sam Riley as Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent’s right hand
Miranda Richardson as Queen Ulla, a Fairy Queen who is Maleficent’s aunt with a dislike of her niece
Ella Purnell and Isobelle Molloy as Young Maleficent
Toby Regbo and Michael Higgins as Young Stefan
Eleanor Worthington Cox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as Young Princess Aurora
Kenneth Cranham as King Henry, a human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom
Angus Wright as King Henry’s Aide
Peter Capaldi as King Kinloch
OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER:
ALSO THE CAST AND CREW TALKING ABOUT THE FILM
Angelina Jolie at D23 Expo
Producer Joe Roth
PRODUCTION STILLS:November 13, 2013 at 10:13 am #118012
The trailer makes it look like the case of a film where the visuals are cool in small doses but becomes grating when you actually watch two hours of it. And Elle Faning’s delivery… was not good. The concept has potential, but I don’t think the film has made much of a case for itself yet.November 13, 2013 at 10:50 am #118013
So where the heck are Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather? Or have their names been changed? Ahh, this Darth Vader had no chance for redemption. Or does she?November 13, 2013 at 10:58 am #118014
I wish this wasn’t a redemption story – let her be evil!! this is why she’s arguably the most memorable Disney villain.November 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm #118015
This looks aesthetically beautiful, and I’m really hoping Jolie’s performance is as good as it appears to be in the trailer. I’m very intriqued!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.November 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm #118016
So where the heck are Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather? Or have their names been changed? Ahh, this Darth Vader had no chance for redemption. Or does she?
They are pixie fairies, named Thistlewit, Knotgrass and Flittle, played by Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville, respectively.November 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm #118017
The trailer makes it look like the case of a film where the visuals are cool in small doses but becomes grating when you actually watch two hours of it. And Elle Faning’s delivery… was not good. The concept has potential, but I don’t think the film has made much of a case for itself yet.
But unlike other CGI fairytales like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman, this one is not about the boring characters like Alice and Snow White, but about the villain, that is always more interesting. And Angelina appears to be spot on!November 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm #118018
I wish this wasn’t a redemption story – let her be evil!! this is why she’s arguably the most memorable Disney villain.
In SWATH, the Evil Queen started as an innocent woman, but she turned out pretty to be pretty evil. (Although in the end you were still rooting for her to beat the $hit out of K.Stew :D)November 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm #118019
very cool. I actually thhink she has a shot at a best actress oscar if she is as good as the trailor looks.November 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm #118020
Elle Fanning’s accent in the trailer has me a little worried… I also don’t love when they take iconic villains and try to make them heroes that takes some of the fun out of them, but this movie looks like they may be going about it in a cool way. And Jolie does look very good in the trailer but she would have to end up like Ledger-esque AMAZING to get a nom for this movie, which of course is a possibilityNovember 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm #118021
I love Elle Fanning! I guess I’ll give this a shot… Angelina looks very cool, but I hope this isn’t another ‘Alice In Wonderland’/”Oz the Great and Powerful’.November 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm #118022
The only thing I like of the trailer was Angelina Jolie. She, in some ways, reminds me of Eleanor Audley’s original incarnation of the character in the Disney animated film and I’m getting goosebumps about it. She has a lot of passion and heart for the film and her character and it really shows. I’m very excited to see more of her performance later on when it comes out.
I’m mixed on Elle Fanning. Her accent wasn’t good enough, but I could tell that she’s trying to sound like the original Aurora of the Disney animated film. I’m worried about what’s her characterization to be like. Aurora, like CInderella and Snow White before, was a passive character who wants to meet a man of her dreams. I really want her to be strong, feminist character who doesn’t look for a man and, instead, does something of great importance in the plot that’ll be of help and use for the characters. It was a great idea, though, to cast Elle as Aurora. I just hope she’ll be better than what we saw in the trailer.
I’m also very worried about the film’s look. I love the idea that Disney wants to sympathize with the Maleficent character and to make her the true hero of the Sleeping Beauty tale; it sounds terribly conflicting at first, but it shows that Disney is growing up and it’s truly amazing and mature of them. What I’m concerned of is that Maleficent might be the next Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Oz the Great and Powerful. It looks very dark and surreal and I was hoping that it’ll be mixture of that with the spirited romanticism of the original Disney film. I want this to be smarter than the average bear of the fairy tale reimagings and to be much better and to have more substance than Alice, Snow White, Jack, and Oz.
I should also point that the cinematography looks great. The filmmakers and visual effects artists should focus more time on the visual effects. I just think that the whole sequence where she made the thorn forest looked stale and unconvincing. Other than all of my concerns, I’d like to see it. I’ll give it a shot.January 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm #118023
The new trailer, with Lana Del Rey’s “Once Upon a Dream”
The CGI looks great and Angelina is killing it! But why isn’t she greener? Or at least grey-ish?
I’m guessing this is now a likely nominee in Visual Effect and Costume Design (à la SWATH) and maybe even Production Design (like AiW). Cinematography also looks incredible in that trailer, but that a much tougher category. And I don’t think it can be a player in Makeup, as some of it’s probably CGI. But still it can manage between 2 and 5 nominations (maybe Sound…)
And maybe LaJolie can make history and become the first Best Actress nominee in a fantasy movie =DJanuary 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm #118024
Always loved that fact that Angie mixes it up. Going from prestige to
commercial project is smart. This commerical project looks quite
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