The film follows the exploits of the infamous fairy witch that cursed Aurora (known to most as Sleeping Beauty) to a permanent slumber on her sixteenth birthday. The story explores why Maleficent has done this cruel deed, offering events from her perspective.
Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville will play Juno Temple's two fairy companions Knotgrass and Flittle, tasked with taking care of Aurora in the woods. Temple is Thistletwit, who is described as neglectful and superficial.
Maleficent shoots this summer in London.