D23 Expo ’13: Angelina Jolie’s MALEFICENT is Deliciously Cruel

Our first day at Disney’s D23 Expo was off to a great start with the Disney Live-Action Panel including their biggest upcoming releases including Marvel, Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, and more. Of their upcoming slate, besides the Marvel movies, I’m excited for a new take on an old story – Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley.

Angelina herself came out to talk about the filming experience and shared a great story about all the children who came to visit the set. She would be in costume and completely made up for the role, and think to herself, “I’m a disney character, I should go say hi.” She’d go up to these kids dressed as the wicked witch and just scare them horribly! One kid even said to their mom, “mommy, please make the evil witch stop talking to me.” And actually, it’s partly because all the kids were scared of her that her daughter ended up playing the young Aurora. She was the only one who wouldn’t start crying around her when she was in costume!

The film will be the story of Sleeping Beauty, told from the evil witch’s perspective. It follows her from her younger days as a fairy queen of a beautiful wooded area that somehow gets ruined at the hands of the human king, Aurora’s (Sleeping Beauty) father. There’s also a great betrayal somewhere in there. Without giving away too much of the plot, it’s clear that this film will show that Malificent might have had good reason for cursing the young princess.

We’ll be sure to update this post should the footage shown end up online.

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.