Check out this terrific trailer for the forthcoming Maleficent, a Disney movie that explains why the Evil Queen in the classic Disney animated feature Sleeping Beauty seemed to be so evil.
The movie stars Angelina Jolie as the misunderstood Maleficent, Elle Fanning as Aurora, Sharlto Copley as the King, and Jolie’s daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, as Young Aurora.
I know, your first question is: “What’s that music?” It’s Lana Del Rey singing a new arrangement of “Once Upon a Dream,” the love theme from the animated Sleeping Beauty. This trailer (and the shorter teaser) has really turned me around on this movie; now I’m looking forward to it.
Here is the studio synopsis of the movie:
“Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 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 (Jolie) cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora (Fanning) 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 opens on May 30.