The first photo of Angelina Jolie in the forthcoming film Maleficent has emerged, revealing the darker side of the actress in the scary prosthetic get-up she'll wear for the Disney film.
The image shows the popular actress looking nightmarish in her role as the sorceress Maleficent in the film by that name, which is a revisiting of the classic film Sleeping Beauty.
In the newly-released picture, Angelina Jolie is almost unrecognizable, wearing black prosthetic headgear made to give the impression that she has leathery horns, yellow contact lenses, bright red lipstick and sharply-trimmed eyebrows, all of which combine to give the impression that she is a tormented character. Those who remember the classic 1959 movie will immediately notice the many similarities between the cartoon version of the character and the version that Angelina Jolie will inhabit.
In Maleficent, which is scheduled to hit theaters in full 3-D glory on March 14, 2014, we will get a glimpse of the inner demons that made Maleficent into the evil sorceress at the heart of the classic Disney animated film Sleeping Beauty.
The new take on the film takes a hard look at Maleficent's early life, and the events and struggles that turned her to the dark side, and caused her to put a curse on baby Aurora in the original film. Aurora will be played by Elle Fanning in the new version of the film, which will also feature Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson and Sam Riley.
The new Angelina Jolie vehicle -- which started filming last week -- takes its cues from the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which is a revisiting of the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz focusing on the backstory and inner turmoil of that film's antagonist, the Wicked Witch of the West.
No word yet on whether or not Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will be taking their kids, Knox, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne and Zahara, to see the upcoming film, but the family have been living in the United Kingdom for the past several months while the film has been in pre-production, according to People magazine.