The Disney-loving crowd at the D23 Expo in Anaheim cheered loudly for Angelina Jolie when she took the stage to talk about Maleficent, the live-action fairy tale film coming to theaters next summer. And in this video courtesy of Disney, Jolie discusses being a fan of the story since she was a young girl, playing the character, making sure they got everything right for fans of Sleeping Beauty, and the gorgeous sets and costumes. She also talks about being a part of the Disney family.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, the cast also includes Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
Maleficent is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
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