If she’s not the most evil Disney villain of all time – Cruella de Vil? – Maleficent certainly casts the most haunting silhouette. The nefarious sorceress from Sleeping Beauty with the memorable horns never got to tell her side of the story in Disney’s 1959 animated classic, but in Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, audiences will learn what caused her to curse the king’s daughter.
In the first trailer for the movie, which opens May 30, Maleficent might even have a soft spot for the beautiful princess (Elle Fanning). Or at least the young blonde is under that impression: “I know who you are,” says Princess Aurora, during a forest encounter. “You’ve been watching over me my whole life.”
The clip is more teaser than full trailer, but its last moments reveal Maleficent’s mastery of some magic green fire, the wall of thorns that Prince Phillip will have to slash through, and that evil, echoing laugh.