Stand back, you fools!
If there's ever been a poster that's conveyed such a sentiment, its Disney's first one-sheet for "Maleficent," the highly anticipated live-action riff on "Sleeping Beauty," starring Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess (a close second: every Jason Statham movie poster).
Angelina Jolie playing Maleficent might be Disney’s best pairing of actor and role since Johnny Depp played a certain pirate. Of course, Disney had to be dragged kicking and screaming into accepting Depp’s eccentric performance as Capt. Jack Sparrow — until it made them billions of dollars. Jolie’s portrayal isn’t likely to ruffle as many feathers, especially since she looks amazing as the villain who curses the young Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning.)
Jolie's bewitching blue-green eyes (is she part Na'vi?) are in full pierce-mode, her bright lips could shame the reddest rose, and whoa! Check out the sweet headgear on queenie:
This isn't the first peek we've gotten at Jolie's stylish sorceress — a very similar first still of her circulated way back in June 2012, and the actress appeared at Disney's D23 exhibition in August to unveil the first footage from the film.
But it's sure to be the first of many more promotional materials Disney rolls out in the march toward its May release, continuing with the film's trailer premiere tomorrow morning.
"Maleficient," like the Broadway hit "Wicked," brings to the forefront the backstory of a legendary and possibly misunderstood rogue and is presented through her perspective. Elle Fanning and newcomer Brenton Thwaitesco-star as Princess Aurora and Price Phillip, respectively, with the cast rounded out by Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Miranda Richardson, and Imelda Staunton.
Will she let them watch "Maleficent"? We'll see next summer.
"Maleficent" opens May, 30, 2014, but the first trailer hits the web tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.
For a clip of Jolie discussing the role at D23, the Disney expo, from August, click below: