Maleficent (film) The untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. Directed by Robert Stromberg. Released in 3D and 3D IMAX on May 30, 2014, after May 28 releases in Belgium, France, UK, and Italy. Stars Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Elle Fanning (Aurora), Lesley Manville (Flittle), Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass), Sharlto Copley (King Stefan), Brenton Thwaites (Prince Phillip), Juno Temple (Thistlewit), Sam Riley (Diaval).