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'Maleficent' Movie Trailer: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning Explain Why 'Sleeping Beauty' Remake Is More Than A Retelling Of Disney Classic (WATCH)

By Zulai Serrano z.serrano@hngn.com | Apr 17, 2014 03:22 PM EDT

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Angelina Jolie plays the infamous Disney villain in "Maleficent." (Photo : Maleficent/Disney)

Disney's live-action "Maleficent" has released its first featurette for the upcoming film.

Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Screenwriter Linda Woolverton and Director Robert Stromberg explained in the new teaser why the "Sleeping Beauty" remake is a reinvented story rather than a retelling of an old one. You can watch the teaser in the video below.

Jolie explained to Entertainment Weekly back in March she has always admired the Disney villain, who wasn't an easy character for her to take on.

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"Maleficent was always so elegant. She was always in control. And to play her was difficult," Jolie told EW. "I worked on my voice a lot. She's bigger than me. She's on a different level of performance than I have ever done. She's very still. She's very sure of her voice. I kept playing with these different types of British voices, making my voice darker and scarier."

"I was giving my kids a bath, and I started making up other stories about Maleficent. They weren't really paying attention to me...until I started to mess around with this playful [singsongy] voice," Jolie added. "It gets very, very dark, but it had these colors. My kids started laughing. And that's how I would rehearse my scenes."

For those unfamiliar with the live-action "Maleficent" film, check out the official plot summary below. "Maleficent is slated to hit theaters on May 30.

"'Maleficent' is the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic 'Sleeping Beauty.' A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal-an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom-and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well."


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