Tuesday 17 October 2017

Jolie: I loved Maleficent as child

Angelina Jolie always preferred Maleficent to Disney princesses
Angelina Jolie always preferred Maleficent to Disney princesses

Angelina Jolie has revealed wicked witch Maleficent was always her favourite Disney character, even as a child.

The Oscar-winning beauty is playing the evil queen from Sleeping Beauty in a new spin-off movie about Maleficent's own story, and revealed in a new behind-the-scenes video that the role was a dream come true.

Angelina revealed: "I loved Maleficent when I was a little girl. She was my favourite Disney character, so when I'd heard that there might be a Maleficent movie I was very excited."

She added: "I was really moved by the script. It was like uncovering this great mystery. It's one of those characters that for me you couldn't half do it. She had a wicked sense of fun."

Elle Fanning, who plays Sleeping Beauty in the film, was full of praise for her co-star. Elle said of Angelina: "She's so elegant, she has that sort of intense beauty."

Lana Del Rey has recorded a dark, blues-y cover of Sleeping Beauty classic Once Upon A Dream for the movie which features in the preview scenes revealed in the video.

Peter Capaldi, Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites and Angelina's four-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt will appear in the film, as well as her children Pax and Zahara.

Angelina previously revealed Vivienne had to step in to play the young Sleeping Beauty as she was the only young child who did not cry at the sight of her mother in her Maleficent costume and make-up.

Maleficent will be released in cinemas on May 28.

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