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I've been following this movie's progress ever since rumours first surfaced back in what was it? 2009? I can't believe they're now ACTUALLY filming it! It sounded like nothing but a pipe-dream for hardcore disney fans to begin with, but now it's ACTUALLY happening! A movie based on the life of Maleficent!

The pictures look fantastic too! I wasn't sure about her casting, but I have to say, Angelina Jolie certainly looks the part! The on-set images posted so far seem to show a young maleficent, and the horns appear to be part of her body too, which answers the question most Disney fans have always had about the character. As for flying, well I guess she is a supernatural being. Is she a fairy in this? Do we know yet?

Also, I hope that the names of the fairies for the movie were wrong when they were reported a few months back, I hope they'll still be Flora, Fauna and Merryweather - it'd be great to see some images of them surface too! Seeing the backstory of not only Maleficent but my favourite characters as well would be amazing!


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Is Tim Burton still attached to this in any way? I didn't notice him credited on IMDB anywhere so I wasn't sure.

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Patrick wrote:
Is Tim Burton still attached to this in any way? I didn't notice him credited on IMDB anywhere so I wasn't sure.


Nope he's not now.

Reports surfaced online in May 2011 stating that Burton had left the project to focus on his other upcoming projects; Disney began to look for a replacement director


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Just to point it out, Maleficent does fly in the original film. She flies from her tower to the front of King Stefan's castle before turning into the dragon. Now she doesn't quite stay in her human form, rather, turning into a shooting fire-work type thing, but it stands to reason that she can fly.


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Just to point it out, Maleficent does fly in the original film. She flies from her tower to the front of King Stefan's castle before turning into the dragon. Now she doesn't quite stay in her human form, rather, turning into a shooting fire-work type thing, but it stands to reason that she can fly.


Yes, I was thinking about that earlier when I first saw the photos.

As for the three fairies, I just did a little reading online and apparently the final casting is Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville as Flittle and Knotgrass (not sure which way round though) and Juno Temple as the third fairy, Thistletwit.

Assuming that the fairies are still based on the 1959 film version, it makes sense to have two older women and a younger woman, making Juno Temple "Merryweather". I never imagined Merryweather to be quite that young though, although this IS a prequel/backstory type of film so I guess it could make sense. The article that I read stated that the three women were playing the fairies who took Aurora into the forest to raise her and protect her from Maleficent though, so it makes sense.

I just cannot understand the reason for the name changes though. Oh well, a lot can happen in the next year and a half. Maybe the original names just didn't suit this new take on the story. Once it's still the same characters though I guess I don't mind.

Is King "Henry" actually King Hubert too? it seems to fit and wouldn't be too drastic a change. Can't wait for more updates on the story though!


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Will the three fairies play much role in this film? I almost imagine they--and Aurora--will be side characters in Maleficent’s story. Although I prefer the original names for the fairies over what they’ve been given, I can’t say as the name changes matter that much. The same people who would dislike them are the same who wouldn’t like the film in the end regardless, so I can’t say as it makes much of a difference in the long run.

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Will the three fairies play much role in this film? I almost imagine they--and Aurora--will be side characters in Maleficent’s story. Although I prefer the original names for the fairies over what they’ve been given, I can’t say as the name changes matter that much. The same people who would dislike them are the same who wouldn’t like the film in the end regardless, so I can’t say as it makes much of a difference in the long run.


Oh I have no doubt that they will be side characters, it's just that seeing as they're my favourite Disney characters it'll be nice to see them making an appearance in some form, no matter how small their role is.

And no, the names don't really matter that much, and I really do hope that I like the film, I just find that the name change is a little strange seeing as the characters are based on pre-existing characters established over fifty years ago.

It'll also be interesting to see how they work into the story overall. They're described as neglectful and superficial in several articles about the film, which sort of reminds me of Wicked. Sort of like Maleficent is the Wicked Witch of the West and the Fairies are more like Glinda, in that they appear to be good, and are essentially, but they can be quite self-absorbed and shallow at the same time.

I can't wait to find out how Stephan's own fairy lineage figures into the story as well. This film really does sound like it could be great.


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I'm doing extras work on the film set !

Happy to pop back here and give a report ?

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atlanticaunderthesea wrote:
I'm doing extras work on the film set !

Happy to pop back here and give a report ?



Whoa :shock: You are so lucky! I hope you have an great time :)

And yes! Please do keep us updated :P

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Haha, thank you very much DisneyDude2010!

I do it for quite a few movies ! You may be able to see me next in Anna Karenina..... :)

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That is hella amazing. You, atlanticaunderthesea, are going to be in The Maleficent movie!!!!

Well...too be honest, I don't want to be spoiled too much, but I bet everyone else wants to be updated, so, do as the others wish!

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As for flying, well I guess she is a supernatural being. Is she a fairy in this? Do we know yet?

Yes, she's a fairy. But they said the three good fairies would now be pixies. It makes sense though that as a fairy she could fly, even without wings, because I believe before Shakespeare, fairies were not believed to have wings (he had fairies with wings in A Midsummer Night's Dream).

I have a question though. How do the fairies names not matter? I mean, this is called Maleficent. Why keep one name and call the movie that, but then change the other names, making the choice to call her Maleficent and give her horns almost pointless.

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I don't know if this is just me, but I would LOVE to have Maleificant's theme from the original score make its way in the film ? What a wonderful tie that would be.

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atlanticaunderthesea wrote:
I don't know if this is just me, but I would LOVE to have Maleificant's theme from the original score make its way in the film ? What a wonderful tie that would be.


I would also love that! It's so iconic to both Sleeping Beauty and her presence!

I think Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen in Once Upon a Time) would make a great Maleficent! She would be my dream choice over Angelina Jolie. And I know there's India Eisley playing a younger Maleficent but I think Elizabeth Gillies (13 the musical and Victorious) woulld be spectacular!

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I would first like to apologize for bumping this thread without any new information, but I found this on tumblr today and found it quite interesting. The author of this summary has taken all the information we know about this movie so far (character names, casting, plot points revealed by the actors, etc.) and put together what they predict the characters and full plot of this movie will be. It makes a LOT of sense to me, and hopefully brings to light some of the confusion surrounding the plot (I'll put it in white to avoid anyone not wanting to be potentially spoiled):

Ok we know 100% that Angie is Maleficent, Elle is Aurora, and Sharlto is Stefan (Aurora’s father)

First, the young prince by Brenton Thwaites I’m about 75% it’s Phillip but I’m worried that they might’ve changed his name or they’re doing the same like in Snow White and the Huntsman and not reviling the Prince’s name in the promotion stuff except the actual film.

Second, the three fairies are also my theories. Imelda Staunton is playing Knotgass who I’m guessing is Flora. Lesley Manville is playing Fittle who I’m guessing is Fauna. Juno Temple is playing Thistlewit, who I’m guessing is Merryweather because she was the youngest actor and Merryweather was the youngest of the 3 as she’s the only one who had black hair.

Third, though neither Stefan’s wife or Maleficent’s raven names are reviled in the movie Stefan’s wife is name Leah and Maleficent’s raven is named Diablo. Hannah New is playing Lelia who I’m guessing will be Stefan’s wife and Sam Riley is playing Diaval who will be a shape-shifter. Also King Hubert I’m guessing will be King Henry who will be played by Kenneth Cranham.

Ok now that I got the casting theories set off this is my theory for the story.

Stefan in this movie will be half-human half-fairy and the bastard son of a human king (Maybe King Kinloch?). Copley has already reviled that Stefan and Maleficent are lovers at one point and somewhere in the fairyworld is where they fall in love.Stefan’s father tries to take over the fairyland but Stefan offers himself up as a token in order to stop the current war with the fairyland and the human world. Maleficent disapproves highly of this because it means Stefan will leave her and she’ll be all alone again and with only her aunt. This is what causes Maleficent to come the way she becomes. With Stefan gone from fairyworld Maleficent become depressed and soon turns to dark magic and gets her new pet raven which her aunt Queen Ulla (played by Miranda Richardson) highly disapproves of and thus punishes Maleficent and hopes to ridicule for life by giving her horns from a cow. Maleficent later matures and forgets about the love she shared with Stefan and leaves the fairyworld and goes to the Forbidden Mountains where she makes her new home. Maleficent then gets word from her Diaval who tells her that Stefan has had a child and is having a christening and has invited the entire kingdom including those in fairyland but did not extended an invitation to Maleficent. Maleficent then remembers what she had with Stefan and though she no longer loves him or cares for him in such a way she gets angry for not being invited and then storms into the christening and curses the baby girl. The rest of the story is played out like it is in the original animated movie except in Maleficent’s POV. But whilst Phillip is battling Maleficent he does not kill her when he threw his sword he only injured her, which with her magic she later heals herself. There is a great, epic, and finale battle before the end.


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The story may or may not actually end up like that, but it does sound interesting. Miranda Richardson's character, in particular, sounds to be like a similar character she played in Merlin--Queen Mab. Stefan actually sounds like he would be an interesting character as well, from that perspective. Regardless, after reading that, I kinda feel like re-watching SB now. :P

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Wow .... whether that is the actual story or not, such an interesting idea!

I don't see why the the three good fairies had to change their names though to be honest; what was the reasoning behind that ?

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That's has to be fan made.
A poster wouldn't be released so early, even before filming.

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DisneyDude2010 wrote:
That's has to be fan made.


WonderNeverOz provided a source which seems legit.

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Wouldn't the WDC have exclusive rights for the release of any official promotional materials though? I hardly think they would allow the graphic artist to just freely post the work on his blog as a way of premiering an official poster.

PLUS her horns are shaped different than in all the other set photos and the one official image with the cowl doesn't have her ears showing.

Sorry, but I'm going to call "fan-made" (albeit really nicely done) until I see something official from Disney.


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