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Wicked fairy Angelina Jolie rewrites the beloved tale of Sleeping Beauty

The beloved fairytale of Sleeping Beauty gets a revamp, this time told from the neglected perspective of wicked fairy Maleficent.

Once upon a time, after many years of suffering, King Stefan (Sharlto Copley) and Queen Ula (Miranda Richardson) finally conceive a daughter, Aurora (Elle Fanning). But when they leave evil fairy Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) off the guest list for Aurora's christening, dire consequences follow. Maleficent curses the Princess, proclaiming that, on her sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. A good fairy manages to weaken the curse: instead of death, Aurora will fall into eternal slumber only to be awoken by True Love's kiss...

Maleficent marks Walt Disney Pictures’ contribution to the trend of modernized fairy-tales, in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror. The studio assembled a lot of talent both behind and in front of the camera. The supporting cast boasts seasoned British character actresses Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville - both veterans of some hard-hitting English working class dramas. Prince Charming is played by heartthrob Brenton Thwaites .

Also noteworthy: no less than three of the Jolie-Pitt offspring appear in the movie. Four-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt makes her film debut portraying the child version of Princess Aurora, whereas siblings Pax (8) and Zahara (7) play non-speaking roles.

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