It's no palace, but it'll do!
In an exclusive clip from Walt Disney Pictures' Maleficent, the Mistress of All Evil (Angelina Jolie) makes the moors tremble as she saunters towards her throne in the enchanted forest. Flanked by her wingman Diaval (Sam Riley), the Sleeping Beauty villainess surveys her subjects as the quiver in fear.
The minute-long video introduces a few minor, mystical characters, including trolls and fairies. The scene also shows a different side of the main character, courtesy of screenwriter Linda Woolverton.
In fact, it was Woolverton's reinvention of the iconic character that inspired Jolie to take the part.
"Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite. No surprise!" the 38-year-old Academy Award winner joked during the D23 Expo last year. "I was terrified of her but I was so drawn to her and I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to know what she was like and who she was. She had this elegance and this grace, and yet she was so cruel and she was just wonderfully, deliciously, cruel."