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Directed by Robert Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie, Maleficent is a 2014 dark fantasy adventure film that re-imagines the story from Walt Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of its antagonist, Maleficent. A young and powerful evil fairy, Maleficent returns as the main character, who takes offense at not being invited to the christening of Princess Aurora, and attempts revenge on King Stefan and the Queen by cursing Aurora, only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace. In the film, Maleficent is portrayed as the incarnation of pure evil, responsible for all misfortune in King Stefan's kingdom.

Maleficent is adapted from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The film was released in the US on May 30, 2014 with an opening-day haul of 24.2 million at the box office. The film is available in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats, as well as in conventional theatres.

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