The most celebrated villain in all of Disney’s history is about to have her own full length live action film.
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the title role and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, opens across the globe in 3D on May 28, 2014.
As the lyrics of a popular E’Heads’ song goes, “there are B-sides to every story.” The film is told in the antagonist’s perspective and recounts the tragic events that led her pure heart to turn into stone.
From a Google Search page I couldn’t link to, Maleficent is about the “untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman with stunning black wings, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army of humans 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 king of the humans 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 to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.”
Or so it seems, Maleficent is set to negate what Lady Gaga has always been evangelizing. No one is “born this way.”
Maleficent, in case you don’t recognize the name though you would probably know the character as the one with big black horns and dressed in black and purple garb, is the evil witch who, having not been invited to a royal christening, cursed the infant princess Aurora to have her finger pricked by the spindle of a spinning wheel and die before her sixteenth birthday in an old Walt Disney film adaptation of Grimms’ fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.
But did you know that in the original Grimm Brother’s version of Sleeping Beauty, the young princess Aurora was actually raped and gave birth to twins at one point in her 100 years of being asleep? Neither did I, but now we both know.Read More »