Maleficent didn't take flight in 1959's Sleeping Beauty, but thanks to Maleficent, viewers will see a whole new side of the iconic fairy-tale character. In this exclusive clip from Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming movie starring Angelina Jolie, she spreads her wings and soars freely through the clouds.
For everyone involved, it was important to honor the animated classic. "I think it was both the greatest pleasure and extreme challenge to have such an extraordinary original, and we wanted to make sure we did justice to it and paid respect to what was done before," Jolie said during a press conference in Paris May 8.
"Maleficent, I loved her when I was a child. I was scared of her, but I loved her. I was fascinated by her...It was a beautiful script, written by Linda Woolverton, and the goal was not just to entertain children or to retell a story," the star explained. "The goal was to try to see if these deeper themes of really understanding who somebody was, not judging them by what they seem to be."