The trailer for Maleficent dropped on Wednesday and has everybody raving about Angelina Jolie in the lead role and remembering the 1959 Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty. This is darker re-telling of the fantasy-filled tale in the vein of recent films like Oz: The Great and Powerful and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. You may think Burton was behind this one too but it's actually first time director / long time filmmaker Robert Stromberg's name you need remember. Seriously, this guy has one of the most impressive resumes I've seen coming into a debut. To highlight just a few choice jobs from his filmography: Production designer on Avatar and the aforementioned Alice in Wonderland and Oz : The Great and Powerful (he won Oscars for those first two and will surely be nominated for the latter) and he worked on visual effects for everything from Cast Away, There Will Be Blood, and last year's spectacular Life of Pi. Exciting to see him the fill the shoes of a director now, though it's a mighty different role his experience should aid him well in what looks to be a both set-heavy and CGI-laden motion picture. Fun Fact: Jolie's daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, plays "Toddler Princess Aurora" in the film. More thoughts on the trailer itself in this Instant Trailer Review I sat in on with Fraisa:
How would you describe the trailer for Maleficent in a single word? Or take several words, what do I care. Anything goes in the comments below. Maleficent hits theaters on May 30, 2014.