The eternal Sleepy Beauty legend gets a dark Disney makeover in Maleficent, with a seething Angelina Jolie resplendent in the title role. In this first full-length trailer, director Robert Stromberg delivers a slick, shadowy style reminiscent of Snow White and the Huntsman, but with an overlay of deliciously diabolical humor. Here we get a better glimpse of the epic scope of the $170 million origin movie, with Ent-ish tree warriors, fairy forests, an inferno-spewing dragon and Maleficent unveiling a ravishing set of raven wings.
Here's the official synopsis:
"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.
Appearing in theaters on May 30, 2014, Disney's Maleficent also stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
Are you convinced this fractured fairy tale can compete against the summer season's titanic tentpoles, or are you ready to close the book on this newest cartoony classic?