FIRST PIC: See Angelina Jolie as Maleficent!

Entertainment Jun. 19, 2012 AT 10:50AM
FIRST PIC: See Angelina Jolie as Maleficent! Credit: Greg Williams/Disney

Marvelous Maleficent!

Angelina Jolie is transforming into one of the most iconic Disney villains ever -- Maleficent, the baddie in Sleeping Beauty -- and Disney has released the very first image of the 37-year-old superstar in costume.

In a striking shot, the Oscar-winning actress dons Maleficent's unforgettably sinister horns, her world-famous cheekbones and lips even more striking than usual.

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A retelling of the 1959 animated classic (based on a well-known fairy tale), production finally began on Maleficent in England's Pinewood Studios June 13; the flick "reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora," a press release explains.

Starring opposite Jolie as Aurora/Sleeping Beauty herself is Elle Fanning, the star of Super 8 and younger sister of Dakota.

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"It's a really great script. I'm having a lot of fun. I've already got my horns fitted," Jolie said of the role in March. "My kids are very happy."

"It's not anti-princess, but it's the first time they're looking at this epic woman [in a different way]," she explained of the new take on the story.

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"I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn't mean she can't have other [warmer] qualities," Jolie added. "You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is."

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