Back in January of 2010 we first learned that a live action adaptation was going into production that would focus on the character of Maleficent from the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty. In March of this year, we learned officially that actress Angelina Jolie won the lead role and would be playing the sorceress in the film. Today we get our first look at Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, which you can check out below.
“I’ve already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy.” Most moms don’t get the chance to say something like that, but Angelina Jolie is an unusual case. When she said this to EW, plans for the film version of Maleficent were still a few months off, but production is now underway on the update to the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Disney has released the first image of the actress as the villainess in this live-action twist, which focuses not on the good princess Aurora, but on the backstory that led Maleficent to turn against the fairy-tale kingdom.
This is a great first look at the character. We get a good sense of how Maleficent will look in the film but there is still so much that we don’t know about the character. I’m hesitant to call her a villain because it sounds to me like the film will focus on Maleficent as a misunderstood character … kind of like how Elphaba, the so-called Wicked Witch of the West, is portrayed in the Broadway musical Wicked. I am really excited by this film and I am really eager to see more. Filming has just gotten underway so hopefully, we’ll get more sneak peeks soon. My guess is that this film will be kept under tight wraps on a soundstage somewhere so we will likely not get to see many candid shots from the set … but Disney is pretty good with the release of promo materials so … I bet we’ll see more sometime this Summer. As for this first look, what do y’all think? Do you like this first image of Maleficent?