Character: Maleficent
Original Release: May 28, 2014 (Worldwide)
Directed by: Robert Stromberg
Written by: Linda Woolverton, Charles Perrault
Produced by: Joe Roth
Running Time: 97 minutes
Box Office: $758,410,378 (Worldwide)

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 a 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.

Cast & Characters

Elle Fanning (Aurora), Sharlto Copley (Stefan), Lesley Manville (Flittle), Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass), Juno Temple (Thistletwit), Sam Riley (Diaval), Brenton Thwaites (Prince Phillip), Kenneth Cranham (King Henry) Sarah Flind (Princess Leila's Handmaiden), Hannah New (Princess Leila), Isobelle Molloy (Young Maleficent), Michael Higgins (Young Stefan), Ella Purnell (Teen Maleficent), Jackson Bews (Teen Stefan)

Photo Gallery
Filming Dates: June 13, 2012 - October 9, 2012
Filming Locations:
  • Ashridge Park, Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, England, UK (forest)
  • Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex, England, UK (lands around the castle)
  • Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  • Angelina Jolie was a co-producer on this movie.
  • On the second day of the Disney D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, Saturday, August 10, 2013, Angelina Jolie admitted that she scared little kids while in costume on the set of Maleficent, with one kid actually saying, "Mommy, please get the mean witch to stop talking to me." She adds that her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, who played young Aurora, was the only child who was not scared of her.
  • Angelina Jolie worked very closely with the costume and make-up designers to develop Maleficent's menacing look. Disney executives objected, hoping to take advantage of Jolie's beauty in marketing the film, but the actress insisted that the character maintain the scarier look of the animated incarnation from Sleeping Beauty (1959).
  • Angelina Jolie herself picked Lana Del Rey to sing Sleeping Beauty's (1959) "Once Upon a Dream" for the end credits.
  • Angelina Jolie did the stunts herself using harnesses for her flight and battle scenes.
  • Angelina Jolie based her character's speech and accent in homage of the original Sleeping Beauty's (1959) Maleficent voice actor Eleanor Audley. Her laughter in the film was also based on the best variation she tried in front of her children and chosen by them.
  • Angelina's kids Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt has a cameo and appear briefly, cowering in fear of Maleficent during the christening scene.
  • Angelina Jolie was definitely interested to be in the movie to begin with. She repeatedly stated it was because 1.) she grew up on Disney movies as a child, especially Sleeping Beauty (1959); she was quite fond of the character Maleficent: "Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite," Jolie said. "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," 2.) she wanted to do a movie in which her children can go see her in, as well as the fact that her children really also wanted her to be in the movie, 3.) the beauty, warmth, complexity, and strong intelligence of the script, and 4.) she was very impressed with Maleficent's characterization for this film. In fact, Jolie also served as an executive producer on the film.
  • Angelina Jolie admitted that she still has the pair of horns at home.
  • All the actors and actresses in Maleficent were partly chosen to be in the movie based on their uncanny resemblances and/or likeness to their respective character counterparts in Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959).
  • The film was released on May 30, 2014, the day of the 55th anniversary of Walt Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty (1959).
  • For Maleficent's horns, Angelina Jolie wore several headpieces with different weights. One headpiece was so heavy that Angelina would have neck pains right after and therefore was not appropriate for some of her scenes such as her flight scene, battle scene, and horse-riding scene.
  • Angelina Jolie also said that "having a director (Robert Stromberg) coming from the world of production design really helped pull me into the fairy tale world. The film is beautiful but also has a sexy, dark edge because the story is coming from the point of view of a villain."
  • In June 2015 it was announced there will be a sequel to this film.
  • Peter Capaldi was cast as Maleficent's uncle but his role was cut from the final version.
  • Emma Thompson and Judi Dench were considered for the roles of the fairies.
  • Jude Law was considered to play King Stefan before Sharlto Copley was cast.
  • On May 12, 2009, it was revealed that Brad Bird was developing a live-action motion picture based on Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959), retold from the point of view of Maleficent with Angelina Jolie starring as Maleficent. In January 2010, it was rumored that Tim Burton was to direct the film. Reports surfaced online in May 2011 stating that Burton had left the project to focus on his other upcoming projects; Disney began to look for a replacement director, with David Yates being cited as a potential candidate due to his experience with the fantasy genre, having directed the final four Harry Potter films. On January 6, 2012, Disney announced that Robert Stromberg would direct the film.
  • Richard D. Zanuck was offered to produce the film prior to his sudden death in 2012.
  • Miranda Richardson was cast as Queen Ulla, but her role ended up being cut.
  • Patrick Stewart was considered for a role.
  • India Eisley was originally cast as the 'young Maleficent' but had to drop out and was replaced by Isobelle Molloy. Eisley ended up playing Sleeping Beauty years later in The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016).
  • Logan Marshall-Green, George Blagden, Gael García Bernal, and Jim Sturgess were considered for the role that eventually went to Sam Riley.
  • According to The Los Angeles Times, Guillermo del Toro was said that he was considered to direct.
  • Kristen Stewart was considered for the role of Aurora.
  • Anya Taylor-Joy auditioned for the role of Aurora.
  • As a co-producer, Angelina Jolie insisted that the dialogue in Aurora's christening sequence has to be written word-by-word and based exactly from the original animated film Sleeping Beauty (1959) because she feels that it was the main core and setup of the entire film. But the new story does differ from the original scene because Maleficent originally cursed Aurora with death after pricking her finger. Then, the final fairy uses her gift to change the spell from death to slumber.

Different Versions
German theatrical version was cut (ca. 40 seconds) by the distributor to secure a "Not under 6" rating.
Memorable Quotes

Maleficent: Aurora to awaken her from her enchanted sleep] I will not ask your forgiveness because what I have done to you is unforgivable. I was so lost in hatred and revenge. Sweet Aurora, you stole what was left of my heart. And now I have lost you forever. I swear, no harm will come to you as long as I live. And not a day shall pass that I don't miss your smile.

Princess Aurora: I know you're there. Don't be afraid.
Maleficent: I'm not afraid.
Princess Aurora: Then come out.
Maleficent: Then you'll be afraid.

Princess Aurora: I know who you are.
Maleficent: Do you?
Princess Aurora: You're my fairy godmother!
Maleficent: What?

Maleficent: Well, well. What a glittering assemblage, King Stefan. Royalty, nobility, the gentry, and... How quaint, even the rabble. I must say, I really felt quite distressed at not receiving an invitation.
King Stefan: You're not welcome here.
Maleficent: Oh. Oh dear! What an awkward situation.
Queen Leila: You're not offended?
Maleficent: Why, no. And to show I bear no ill will, I, too, shall bestow a gift on the child.
King Stefan: No! We don't want your gift!
Knotgrass: Stay away from the princess!
Thistletwit: Yes, stay away!
Maleficent: Listen well, all of you. The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who meet her.
Queen Leila: That's a lovely gift.
King Stefan: Don't do this.
Maleficent: But...

Prince Phillip: I'm looking for a girl.
Maleficent: Of course you are!

Princess Aurora: Hello, Godmother.
Maleficent: Hello, Beasty.

Maleficent: Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, and fall into a sleep like death! A sleep from which she will never awaken!
King Stefan: Maleficent, please don't do this, I'm begging you.
Maleficent: I do like you begging. Do it again.
King Stefan: I beg you.
Maleficent: All right. The princess can be woken from her death sleep, but only by... True Love's Kiss! This curse will last till the end of time! No power on Earth can change it!

Princess Aurora: All the other fairies fly, why don't you?
Maleficent: I had wings once, and they were strong. But they were stolen from me.

Maleficent: I call on those who live in the shadows. Fight with me now!

Princess Aurora: Do all the Fair People have wings?
Maleficent: Most do.
Princess Aurora: Then why don't you? All the other fairies fly.
Maleficent: I did, but they were stolen from me. That's all I wish to say about it.
Princess Aurora: What color were they? Were they big?
Maleficent: So big they dragged behind me when I walked. And they were strong. They could carry me above the clouds and into the headwinds. And they never faltered, not even once. I could trust them.

Aurora: Hello.
Maleficent: Go away. Go. Go away. I don't like children.

Maleficent: Oh, come on! That's funny.

Quotes from Cast & Crew

"The artist in me felt that it was time to do something I wasn't comfortable with. I was actually a bit nervous to take her on. I don't have a big theatre voice. I don't do things that are kind of comedic, and I'm a fairy. But it's great to jump into things you're not sure of."
- Angelina Jolie

"The first day was the scene where the princess had to catch the butterfly. So I was actually holding the ball [with the butterfly] on the end! bouncing up and down and dancing, trying to make her laugh. And Daddy was on the edge of the digital cliff she had to jump off, making faces while her brothers and sisters were egging her on. I was actually shocked that she was doing so well."
- Angelina Jolie, on the unplanned casting of her daughter Vivienne

"I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told I was different. And I felt out of place, too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in and then one day I realized something. Something I hope you all realize. Different is good! So, don't fit in. Don't sit still. Don't ever try to do less than you are. When somebody tells you you're different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud. And as your villain, I would also say - cause a little trouble. It's good for you."
- Angelina Jolie

"Well, let's be clear. She still curses a baby. She's not exactly a good guy."
- Angelina Jolie

"My littlest boy is quite obsessed with Diaval. He sees crows outside the house and he's like, 'Mommy! Diaval! You should go outside. You should go talk to him.'"
- Angelina Jolie, on Knox

"We always talked about it in that there is a strong sense of justice and right and wrong and there's a strong sense of judgement. People have assumed they knew her forever. But nobody knew why she became the way she is. And I think in understanding that, we understand more about people. I think that's an interesting thing to explore. And also she, in the same time, can't judge Aurora because Aurora's lovely and sweet and pretty and human. What do you learn when you go deeper into a story and how can people affect each other, people who are different? I think children who have been bullied or anybody that's been oppressed in any way will relate."
- Angelina Jolie

"I would have loved to do a copy of the Disney cartoon, because I thought it was great, but because it was Angie and she's so spectacular-looking, I thought it should be her own face. I drew up an idea on Photoshop with the horns and pointy ears, showed it Angie, and she said she wanted more. I'm playing a creature,' she said, and it should be a creature.'"
- Toni G, makeup artist

"I thought it didn't make sense for her to have bones like that, but she really liked the idea of something under her skin showing a ridge. So I moved them to her cheekbones, where I thought it would create a more elegant line. If you look closely, they actually follow the line of Maleficent's cowl in the Disney cartoon."
- Toni G, makeup artist, on how Angelina was inspired by Lady Gaga for the bone structure

"That's also something Angie wanted. They have horizontal pupils. It's funny. Usually I'm the one pushing for prosthetics and weirdness, and it was kind of the reverse on this film."
- Toni G, makeup artist, on how Angelina based the eyes on goat eyes.

Awards & Nominations

BAFTA Awards - BAFTA Kids Vote - Feature Film
BAFTA Awards - Best Feature Film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actress - Angelina Jolie
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Fantasy Film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Performance by a Younger Actor - Elle Fanning
Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association - Campy Flick of the Year
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Motion Poster
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Fantasy Adventure
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Fantasy/Adventure TV Spot
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Music TV Spot
Heartland Film - Truly Moving Picture Award
International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards - 3D Feature - Live Action
International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards - Outstanding Use of 2D to 3D Conversion
Into Film Awards - Childrens Film of the Year
Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Villain - Angelina Jolie
Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Movie - Walt Disney Pictures
Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Movie Actress - Angelina Jolie
Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Movie Actress - Elle Fanning
People's Choice Awards - Favorite Movie
People's Choice Awards - Favorite Family Movie
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Live Action Family Film
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards - Best Film
Russian National Movie Awards - Best Foreign Villain of the Year - Angelina Jolie
SESC Film Festival - Best Foreign Actress - Angelina Jolie
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie: Action Adventure
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure - Elle Fanning
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure - Angelina Jolie
Young Artist Awards - Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress - Elle Fanning
Young Artist Awards - We Love to Hate You - Sam Riley
Young Artist Awards - Favorite Flick