After the smashing success of 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland”, it was only a matter of time for Disney to revisit its catalogue of classic fairy tales and turn them into box office hits. Following billions of dollars from Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” this year, the production is in full swing for “Maleficent” - a movie that focuses on the evil sorceress in "Sleeping Beauty" starring Angelina Jolie as the central character.
Believe it or not, Jolie’s first look, in a recently released official photo, is actually terrifying. Jolie as Maleficent, sports bright yellow eyes, unnaturally protruding cheek bones and dons a fiery red lipstick with her head wrapped in what appears to be black leather horns. Nonetheless, the actress who just turned 37, remains unbelievably remarkable.
So why not retell the story of "Sleeping Beauty" instead of focusing merely on its evil character? Well, Maleficent is considered the most beloved villains in all of Disney’s fairy tales and the movie aims to look into the life of this epic woman, telling the untold story of the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and turned her against the kingdom and later driving her to curse the baby princess, Aurora, to an endless sleep.
In an exclusive Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, Jolie discussed Maleficent’s character in detail. She said the sorceress’ character is both evil and sympathetic at the same time. “In the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities. You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is,” Jolie said.
Jolie further said that while it might sound crazy to say that young girls might discover something good about the "Sleeping Beauty’s" villain, it actually is true.
Jolie also said that making a film from a different perspective is actually a very good idea because it allows you to see things from the other side. However, the challenge for the script writer was “not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either.”
Besides Jolie, the cast includes Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning. Jolie sounds exited for her first acting gig in nearly two years, with the film slated to hit theaters in March, 2014.