FIRST PIC: See Angelina Jolie as Maleficent!

 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.

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.

"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.

"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."

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!