Magnificent! Angelina Jolie transforms into Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent
13 NOVEMBER 2013
With piercing green eyes and a bewitching stare, Angelina Jolie is hauntingly beautiful in the new poster for Maleficent.
The actress has been transformed into the iconic Sleeping Beauty villain for the future Disney film, complete with Maleficent's signature horned headdress.
Translucent skin, deep red lips and enhanced cheekbones perfect her menacing look.
Maleficent is Angelina's first on-screen role in more than three years. It tells the story of the 'Mistress of All Evil and the events which came to harden her heart, leading her to curse baby Aurora — Sleeping Beauty — played by Elle Fanning.
It’s not anti-princess, but it’s the first time they’re looking at this epic woman," Angelina told EW last year. "I hope 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."
Filming took place in Buckinghamshire last summer, during which Angelina enjoyed on set visits from children.
"The strange thing was people with little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'I'm a Disney character!'," Angelina said at the Disney expo in August.
"I'd go over to the children and say 'Hi'. And they would scream and run off. One little boy actually said 'Mommy, please tell the mean witch to please stop talking to me'."
Less intimated by Angelina's transformation were her own children — in particular her daughter Vivienne, who stars in the film as the younger version of Princess Aurora. "She was the only four-year-old who wouldn't scream," her mum laughed.
With daughter Vivienne who also stars in Maleficent
Angelina also revealed that she had been drawn to Maleficent — made famous in the 1959 Sleeping Beauty animation — ever since she was a child.
"Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite," she said. "I was terrified of her, but I was drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her, know what she was like and who she was.
"She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel. Just wonderfully and deliciously cruel."