Angelina jolie as evil ‘maleficent’: watch the first trailer now

In recent years, there’s been a trend to take familiar fairytale stories and reimagine them for modern movie-going audiences. Disney kicked things off with a twisted look at “Alice In Wonderland,” and now, a new teaser trailer previews what we can expect when the studio brings one of their most iconic villains back in a very big way.

Maleficent” perfectly casts Angelina Jolie as the Mistress of All Evil and retells the story of Sleeping Beauty from her perspective. The just-released teaser trailer for the movie shows a young Princess Aurora, as played by Elle Fanning, speaking to someone she cannot see. The scene gives us some idea of what we can expect from the new take on the story.

According to Aurora, she has felt the presence of Maleficent for her entire life, watching over her even when she was just an infant. She is, of course, referring to the special interest Maleficent took in the child after her father failed to invite her to the christening. But something tells us there is a little bit more to the story than that.

Maleficent hides in the shade before stepping out and showing off her horned look. “Then you’ll be afraid,” she warned Aurora.

From there, the preview shifts to a spectacular event that should be familiar to anyone who knows the original animated movie. She keeps Aurora in a castle after she pricks her finger on a spindle, and Maleficent sends a towering wall of thorns into the sky. If only there was some sort of charming prince to save the princess!

“Maleficent” opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.