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EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

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Yay! It’s the first photo of Angelina as the evil Maleficent! Could it be cooler? No. I don’t think it could.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Angelina talks about the role and claims that her kids love the horns (because really. Who wouldn’t?:

What’s next for you as an actor?
The next thing I’m doing is Maleficent for Disney. I start it in June, and it’s a really great script. I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy.

In this version, Sleeping Beauty is the nemesis instead of the good guy?
It’s not anti-princess, but it’s the first time they’re looking at this epic woman.

Is it sympathetic to her, or is she a straight-up villain?
It’s both. I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities. You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is.

So there are some redeeming qualities to Maleficent the witch?
It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect.

There’s a tradition of taking a classic character who is a villain and telling the story from his or her perspective. John Gardner did it with the 1971 novel Grendel, and more recently we got the witch’s story in Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, and the musical it inspired. We like it when the bad guy is deeper than we thought.

In general, it’s a very good message to say, “Let’s look at something from the other side.” But then also, what our challenge will be — and the script writer [The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland’s Linda Woolverton] has already cracked it — is not to simplify it, not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either. It doesn’t flip it.

Since it’s a Disney film, will this version of Maleficent be close to the one we know from their 1959 animated film?

We’re still figuring out the look. We’re experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns — you can’t deny them. You have to have horns.

Personally, I don’t think there could have been a better casting in this case. Honestly, half of the population (namely those strange Team Jennifer Aniston folks) already thinks she’s a horned witch, her super-power being able to lure men away from “decent” women with their exposed zombie legs, but I think it was a good choice. There’s no doubt that Angelina’s a talented lady, and she sure physically fits the part, too.

What do you guys think of Angelina in the role of Maleficent?

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  • Maleficent has been my role model since I was in preschool. She looks PHENOMENAL here. I am so excited.

    I really wonder how they’ll tell this story. I know how *I* would tell the story — I know how the story of Sleeping Beauty already goes in my “head canon.” I just do not know what approach this script is taking.

    But I am pretty sure that I will love this film.

  • What happened with cutting back her work? Hah! She’s not the only one that’s made this ridiculous statement, though.

  • ohhh she can do it.. i mean she was Grendels mother in Beowolf. I think you have validation for hating her if you’re a plain jane chick with boyfriend troubles. but she is a great person i think…

  • Well um,Hello there Sexy Mrs Angelina Jolie,I am the anonymous kid,that had just recently submitted my comment asking you how was your day,but I am not like that picture,beside the anonymous word though

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