It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for a teaser trailer of Disney’s Maleficent, but finally (finally!) we’ve been granted one. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning star in this prequel to Sleeping Beauty. Check out the trailer here!

Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie

Maleficent is not due out until May 2014, but the teaser trailer has certainly done its job. Watching a live-action Jolie, clad in black with the iconic character’s recognisable horned hat on her head, sent chills down this film lover’s spine.

For those who haven’t watched Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (or read the original tale), Maleficent is the evil witch who casts a spell on Princess Aurora when she is a baby. Condemning her to death when she pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, the good fairies adapt the spell to send her into a deep sleep instead. She can only be awoken by her true love’s kiss.

The new live-action film is to show us another side of the arch villain of Sleeping Beauty, the director Robert Stromberg weaving the tale of Maleficent’s transformation from a kind and innocent young woman, into a witch with a heart made of stone after a brutal and unforgivable betrayal.

Elle Fanning co-stars with Jolie as Aurora, and adopts an English accent which, I warn all British people, will be grating to the ears. Even the current Royals don’t sound quite that posh. That aside, the tease of the princess’s appearance in the film is intriguing. Juno Temple and Peter Capaldi are among the supporting cast.

Maleficent will be released in UK cinemas on 30 May 2014.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

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