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Jolie is magnificent as Maleficent

Angelina Jolie appears menacing as Sleeping Beauty villainness Maleficent in the first teaser trailer for the film.

The Oscar-winning actress stars as the sorceress from the 1959 Disney animated fairy tale, who gets to tell her side of the story in Robert Stromberg's film, and reveals why she cast a spell on the king's newborn infant Aurora.

Seen as a haunting silhouette in the shadows, with her recognisable horns and holding a sceptre, the teaser footage opens with princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) saying: "I know who you are. You've been watching over me my whole life. I know you're there. Your shadow has been following me ever since I was small."

As the pair meet in the forest, Aurora encourages Maleficent to reveal herself, only for the witch to reply: "You'll be afraid."

The short clip ends with Maleficent's mastery of some magic green fire, the wall of thorns that Prince Phillip (Brenton Thwaites) will have to slash through, and an evil, echoing laugh.

Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Sam Riley and Peter Capaldi also star in Robert's fairy tale remake, which will open in cinemas in May 2014.

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