Maleficent is one of Disney’s most iconic villains, so Angelina Jolie has large shoes to fill in her turn as the character in the upcoming film inspired by the classic Sleeping Beauty. In all the previews and images we have seen, Jolie seems to have allowed herself to be fully absorbed into the role, as she has proven to be delightful. A true judgment, obviously, cannot be made until the entire film is released for viewing – until then, check out a massive new banner that was released to promote the film!
In the banner, we get a closer look at some of the creatures that will appear in the film. Missing is the biggest creature of all – the dragon that Maleficent transforms into during Sleeping Beauty. Given that it will likely be a major moment in the live-action film, we have only seen a glimpse of the dragon. A tease is sufficient. Also seen in the banner is the scope of the kingdom that is at stake, from the lush greenery to the remote dead areas.
The official premise of the film is below:
“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
Maleficent arrives in theaters on May 30th!