On March 17, 2014, Walt Disney Pictures released a teaser to a new "Maleficent" trailer featuring Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie (who plays Maleficent in the movie) with wings. The new trailer premieres on March 18, 2014. "Maleficent" will be released in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on May 30, 2014.
Meanwhile, in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Jolie got a little flustered when she was asked if it was true that she was in talks to direct the "50 Shades of Grey" movie. (Sam Taylor-Johnson ended up getting the job.) Jolie neither confirmed or denied the rumor, but it says volumes that she didn't deny it.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Before you signed on to Unbroken, there were these rumors circulating that your directorial follow-up to 2011’s In The Land of Blood And Honey would be 50 Shades of Grey. That turned out not to be the case, but how close did that actually come to happening?
Jolie: I — I was just — [laughs and shakes her head – for a long time. Jolie fully blushes.]
There’s a story here! I can see you almost want to tell it. Do it!
Jolie: [Laughs, after another long, contemplative pause ... ] I came very clear out of the gate: after Blood and Honey, if I ever directed again, it would have to be a certain kind of film. You know, I’m looking forward to seeing what Sam [Taylor-Johnson] does with 50 Shades and she’s amazing. I — I think they’re just … it’s funny, I think with directing, you just think: I’m better at telling some stories than others but um, who knows?
"50 Shades of Grey" is an S&M love story. Jolie has said in interviews that she has been involved in S&M in her personal life.
Instead of directing "50 Shades of Grey," Jolie directed "Unbroken," based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling biography of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini. The "Unbroken" movie is set for release in the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 25, 2014. It is the second feature film directed by Jolie, who made her directorial debut with 2011's "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
Jolie commented to Entertainment Weekly about the "Unbroken" story and why she wanted to direct the movie: "I’m drawn to fighters. Strength of will — what we need to pull us through. I don’t know how anybody could not be drawn to that man’s story—it’s just—there’s so much—so many different people pulled something from his story whether it be faith, forgiveness, resilience, athleticism, pure heroics or also, someone who is quite a troubled youth, who didn’t know whether or not he was worth anything, you know?"
In the Entertainment Weekly interview, Jolie said that the jutting cheekbones that her Maleficent character has in the movie were inspired by similar cheekbones that Lady Gaga wore in 2012. Jolie also said that her 5-year-old daughter Vivienne was cast in the movie because she was the only child of that age who was not afraid of Jolie dressed as Maleficent. Vivienne Jolie-Pitt plays a younger Aurora in the movie. Elle Fanning plays the older version of Aurora.
Here is Disney's description of "Maleficent":
From Disney comes “Maleficent” — the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” 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. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.