Directed by Academy Award® winning visual effects guru, Robert Stromberg (Life Of Pi), the story sees Angelina Jolie's (Salt) Maleficent grow up in an idyllic forest, only to see it ravaged by an invading army. She's betrayed by those closest to her, leaving her heart poisoned and her mind corrupted by thoughts of vengeance. Out for revenge, she curses the baby daughter of the invading king – but as the child (Elle Fanning) grows up she realises that the youngster may be the key to peace between the kingdoms.
As Jolie and co explain, this new take on the tale kicks off years before the events of the fairy tale, as chronicled in the 1959 Disney animation, and then proceeds to re-tell them from Maleficent's point of view. According to Jolie, it's "very different from what people are going to expect..."
Joining Jolie for the ride are Sharlto Copley (District 9), Lesley Manville (Another Year), Sam Riley (Control), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix), Juno Temple (Atonement) and Miranda Richardson (The Young Victoria). Maleficent hits our screens on 30 May.