Robert Stromberg, who cut his teeth with Academy Award-winning art direction and production design for such films as Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and Oz the Great and Powerful, has clearly taken what he learned as a production designer and applied to his directorial debut, Maleficent. The first teaser trailer for the film dropped today, and while it doesn’t let loose much in the way of its Sleeping Beauty revisionist plot, it does give a dazzling look at the film’s universe.
In the film, Angelina Jolie sticks a giant pair of horns on her head and portrays the titular villainess of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, though with a plot twist:
From Disney comes “Maleficent”—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.
OK, so that’s the plot. Now dig the teaser:
Maleficent is set for a May 30, 2014 release date, and co-stars Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, and Miranda Richardson.
What do you think of the teaser?