Maleficent Featurette: Go Behind the Scenes With Angelina Jolie!

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Think you know the story of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty? Think again!

Disney has released a behind-the-scenes featurette on its May 30 release, Maleficent. It delves deeper into the backstory behind the Sleeping Beauty villain and hints at what it was that turned this person from good to utter evil.

Angelina Jolie stars as Maleficent and from that first Maleficent trailer, we could not think of a better person to play the evildoer.

Jolie chimes in about what appealed to her about the story, and Elle Fanning (who plays Sleeping Beauty) also talks about when she watched the original Disney animated movie, why she wasn’t scared of Maleficent. In fact, there was something about the character that intrigued her. Us too! 

Screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) also talks about her ideas for “reinventing” the Sleeping Beauty story, and director Robert Stromberg talks about the world he’s created that is still firmly in the Sleeping Beauty landscape, but pushes the envelope much, much further. 

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