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'Maleficent': New trailer debuts during Grammys

Disney debuted a brand new trailer for “Maleficent” during the Grammy Awards this evening, and it was a stunner. The new spot features a dark ominous version of the song “Once Upon a Dream” sung by singer/song writer Lana Del Rey.

Angelina Jolie stars as Maleficent.
Walt Disney Motion Pictures

The minute and a half long preview was jam packed with scenes from the upcoming live-action retelling of Disney’s 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.” It shows Princess Aurora as a, infant at the famous party where Maleficent curses her, as a small child, and as a young woman about to prick her finger on the infamous spinning wheel; there is an epic battle featuring a spectacular magic army headed by Angelina Jolie as titular evil fairy; and a first look at Sharlto Copley as King Stefan being confronted by a menacing Maleficent.

This movie looks haunting, scary, magical, and thrilling. Director Robert Stromberg has outdone himself with the look and special effects of Maleficent, which makes sense with his background of working in the visual effects and art departments of movies like “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Golden Compass,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Set decoration for “Maleficent” is by Lee Sandales (the Harry Potter franchise); senior art director is David Allday (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”); production design is by Dylan Cole (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”) and Gary Freeman (“Children of Men”); Creature artist is Antony Nguyen (the Harry Potter franchise); cinematography is by Dean Semler (Dragonfly). Visual Effects supervisor is Kelly Port (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring).

“Maleficent” lands in theaters May 30.

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