Angelina Jolie Evokes Your Childhood Nightmares In This First Photo From Disney’s Maleficent

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It's official: Disney has kicked off production on Maleficent with this first photo of Angelina Jolie as the fearsome fairytale villain. Up til now I'd been fairly “meh” about this live-action origin story of Sleeping Beauty‘s dark queen, but wow, Angelina really was the best choice. This is the most transformative role we've seen her in in several years; with the green eyes and headdress, she really does resemble the character who haunted my nightmares.

Whereas many of us grew up fearing Maleficent, Disney's remake will focus on the events that made the queen so hardened and caused her to curse baby Aurora (played by Elle Fanning). The movie also stars Juno Temple, Sam Riley, India Eisley as young Maleficent, and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley.

It's gonna be badass when they recreate this scene:

I'm sorry, how did this not make you want to turn on a nightlight?

Photo: Disney