Disney Screens Awesome MALEFICENT Footage - D23 Expo
Today at their D23 Expo, during Disney's live-action movie panel, they showed fans the first footage from Angelina Jolie's highly anticipated film Maleficent. The movie is being directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast). The movie looks so freakin' amazing! The visuals in this movie are going to be incredible, and Jolie was born to play this villainous role. She absolutely kills it in the scene from the film that they showed.
The scene we were shown starts out at the famous Christening of baby Aurora. The three fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather fly through the castle to bless the child with their special gifts. When the green fairy, Fauna, starts to present her gift, a dark presence enters the room, the candles are snuffed out, and the evil witch Maleficent enters the room with the line of dialogue... “Well, well, I must say. I felt quite distressed not receiving an invitation. What an awkward situation,” which is accompanied by a villainous, whispered cackle. The king (Sharlto Copley) tells her “You’re not welcome here.” She then proceeds to epically place the famous curse on Aurora, with the green flames of death engulfing the villain as she does it. It then cuts to a scene of Aurora (Elle Fanning) as a teenage girl touching the spindle which put her in to the deep sleep. You all know how this scene plays out, it's in the animated movie, but seeing it in this live action form was amazing.
The film focuses on Maleficent, and the story is told through her eyes. It follows her as a young teenage fairy, and will show us what exactly drove her to her evilness. The movie will depict King Stefan, whose ruthlessness and betrayal have a hand in driving Maleficent to the dark side. It was also said that the three fairies aren't so good at raising a child afterall. Over time, Maleficent becomes intrigued by Aurora after she casts her curse. One of the interesting things revealed was that we might just be rooting for Maleficent at the end of the film.
“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.
The film also stars Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. It opens in theaters on July 2nd, 2014.