Disney's dark new fairytale will surprise those who think they know the story...
Ready to check out the brand new behind-the-scenes featurette for Disney's new live action fairytale, Maleficent? Stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning talk about their thrilling new movie in this access-all-areas look at the making of the film, which exclusive scenes that haven't yet been featured in trailers.
'Maleficent' Takes Us Deep Into The Past Of Maleficent To A Time Of War.
The movie revisits the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the somnolent princess who was memorably immortalised by Disney in the hit 1959 musical fantasy animation. Maleficent focusses on the titular dark fairy who's played by Jolie and whose vengeful curse brings about the princess' death-like sleep. However, instead of painting Jolie's character as an out-and-out villainess, Maleficent looks at the character's turbulent past.
"We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty," says Angelina, adding "but we've never known what happened before." We see shots of the good fairies Flittle (Leslie Manville), Knotgrass (Imelda Staunton) and Thistletwit (Juno Temple) heading to the palace for Princess Aurora's (Fanning) christening. "It's the classic story of Sleeping Beauty plus so much more," explains Elle Fanning who, like Jolie, adopts a British accent to play her character.
Fans Can Look Forward To The Antics Of Fairies [From L-R] Knotgrass, Flittle & Thistlewit.
We then see the scene that has been used most heavily in the movie's promotion where a tentative Aurora approaches Maleficent hiding in the shadows. The drama of the scene is heightened to great effect but keeps within the rated PG boundaries.
"I always felt when I watched the animated movie that I wasn't super scared of Maleficent when I watched it" reveals Fanning. "I was always sort of intrigued with her," the 16 year-old Super 8 actress adds.
Screenwriter Linda Woolverton revealed the creative process that took place to craft a new tale out of an existing well-worn yarn. "We watched the [original] movie and came up with some ideas that revealed more about the character, created a past for her that lead to the moment where she curses Aurora then [the film] takes us past that moment from Maleficent's point of view."
Expect A Reinvention Of The Fairytale, Not A Retelling, Says Screenwriter Linda Woolverton.
"It's a reinvention, not just a retelling of the same story," Woolverton adds. "This film gives us an opportunity to find out about the history of Maleficent and what drive her to the dark side" states director Robert Stromberg, who is known for his visual effects work on Boardwalk Empire and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
As a parting shot to sustain us until her film's late-May release, Angelina says "We've respected the classic; we've tried to bring you what you love about this story. We also hope to bring a world that you've never seen before. It's a very beautiful story and it's very different from what people are going to expect."
Maleficent will be released on the 28th May in the UK and on the 30th May in the USA.