First official image of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent revealed

Production on the Disney fairytale is underway

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Disney has unveiled the first official image of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the wicked fairy who was the big bad in Sleeping Beauty.

Continuing the trend of reinventing fairytales for the cinema (which has seen sizeable box office returns for Alice In Wonderland and Snow White And The Huntsman), Maleficent is pitching itself as the untold story.

Unsurprisingly, the filmmakers have cleaved closely to the look of Maleficent in the 1959 animation, with that black, horn-shaped headpiece the defining feature.

Rick Baker’s make-up work has sharpened Jolie’s already defined cheekbones, and contact lenses have given her eyes a rainbow hue.

The film is being directed by Robert Stromberg (an Oscar-winning production designer), from a script by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast). Jolie is among the executive producers on the project.

She’s flanked by an impressive supporting cast too, including Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple.

Maleficent will open in the US on 14 March 2013, with a UK release date to be confirmed.

Impressed with the first look at Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent? Let us know below!

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    • SiMan

      Jun 19th 2012, 17:01

      I am both scared and slightly aroused

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 19th 2012, 17:52

      Someone give Angie a steak already.

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    • CharlieGM

      Jun 19th 2012, 18:30

      Looks good, but what a safe and obvious choice. Don't like Jolie at all, btw.

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    • modifieddevice

      Jun 19th 2012, 21:02

      I am sure that with her string of crappy films lately this one will be no different.Angelina Jolie in anything makes me avoid it like the plague.

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    • deedeedragons

      Jun 20th 2012, 1:19

      O.K so The Tourist sucked, but EVERYONE in it was bad.

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    • bennington13

      Jun 20th 2012, 11:13

      I just wish that with all these fairytale remakes coming out, someone would do something genuinely original with one, rather than rip off old films and Disney movies.

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    • Kellend11

      Jun 20th 2012, 12:47

      @bennington13 - I agree. For some reason, and don't ask me why, I have been craving for a Little Mermaid film to come out, one that fits the original story and not for kiddies.

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