Understandably most of the marketing for Maleficent has concentrated on the title character, as played by Angelina Jolie. However there are plenty more characters in this reinvention of the classic Sleeping Beauty.
To prove it comes a selection of character posters showing off Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), King Stefan (Sharlto Copley), Diaval (Sam Riley), the Pixies (Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville) and Maleficent herself.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘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.’
It’s due in cinemas at the end of the month.