Maleficent (/məˈlɛfɪsənt/) is a 2014 dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg and produced by Walt Disney
Pictures, from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton.
Starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Disney Villainess character, the film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent. It began filming on June 18, 2012, and is scheduled for release on May 30, 2014 in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats, as well as in conventional theatres.
Maleficent marked the directorial debut of two-time Academy Award-winning production designer Robert
Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar, and Oz the Great and Powerful). Jolie, Joe Roth and veteran Disney
filmmaker Don Hahn served as producers.
“Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the
elements of her betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to
protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the
human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora (Elle Fanning) is caught in the middle of the
seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.
Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will
change both worlds forever.”
• Angelina Jolie as Maleficent – a vindictive fairy who also appears in the form of a dragon rises to become the
self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil.”
• Ella Purnell and Isobelle Molloy as Young Maleficent
• Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora / Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty – a thoughtful and kind princess who develops
a bond with the native creatures of the forest kingdom unaware that she is the target for Maleficent’s plans.
• Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Eleanor Worthington Cox as Young Princess Aurora/Briar Rose
• Sharlto Copley as Stefan – Maleficent’s former childhood friend and Aurora’s father who will stop at nothing to
protect his child.
• Toby Regbo and Michael Higgins as Young Stefan
• Sam Riley as Diaval – a shapeshifter and Maleficent’s confidant who constantly shows that he’s not afraid to
speak his mind.
• Brenton Thwaites as Phillip – a young prince who falls in love with Aurora while traveling through the forest.
• Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass – a bossy pink flower pixie who’s charged with raising Aurora in secret until her
• Juno Temple as Thistlewit – a childlike green flower pixie who’s charged with raising Aurora in secret until her
• Lesley Manville as Flittle – a playful blue flower pixie who’s charged with raising Aurora in secret until her
• Kenneth Cranham as King Henry – a conniving monarch determined to conquer the forest kingdom and claim it
as his own before his reign comes to an end.
• Hannah New as Leila – King Henry’s loyal daughter who performs her duties as princess by becoming Stefan’s
wife and later bearing his child.