Angelina Jolie takes on one of the great female Disney villains in the upcoming feature Maleficent, and stuns in the film’s first poster and teaser.

In the Maleficent poster, Jolie’s alabaster skin pops out from behind her high, black collar. Her eyebrows are sharply arched, prosthetic cheekbones add to the harsh effect and she dons a black headdress featuring a pair of horns. Standing out from the white and black are Jolie’s red-painted lips and piercing green eyes.

Angelina Jolie Stuns As Maleficent

Jolie’s appearance in the Maleficent trailer leaves no doubt that Disney cast the title role perfectly. From her slow swagger, to her voice and steely stare, it’s difficult to imagine anyone else in the part. The teaser is narrated by 15-year-old actress Elle Fanning, who plays Aurora in the film. The younger Aurora that’s running through the fields in the trailer is played by Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter Vivienne.

The official synopsis for Maleficent: “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.”

'Maleficent' Poster & Teaser Released

Maleficent is Jolie’s first on-screen role in three and a half years, and the actress is happy that the project is one in which she can bring her children to see. She also has a special affection for the character she’s bringing to life. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” Jolie said at D23. “I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel.”

– Chelsea Regan

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