Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Movies: Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson in Maleficent

Movie news! Two of my favorite actresses, Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson will be in the new Disney movie Maleficent. According to Io9:
"Staunton and Another Year's Lesley Manville are playing Knotgrass and Flittle, respectively, two of the three pixies who end up taking care of Aurora. (They were fairies in the original tales.) Richardson will play Queen Ulla, a fairy queen who is Maleficent's aunt — and dislikes her niece. Hot Fuzz's Kenneth Cranham will play the human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom. Brighton Rock's Sam Riley takes the role of Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent's right hand." (Full article)
 Imelda Staunton is an amazing actress, and a perfect good fairy, though many might have a hard time accepting the "good" part if they have only seen her as Professor Umbridge. Some of my favorite Imelda Staunton moments:

Polly in Shakespeare ReTold's A Midsummer Night's Dream:

Sense and Sensibility

Nanny McPhee

Miranda Richardson is one of those actresses who is in everything, though most people will know her as Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter. She does evil queen very well. Here are some of my favorite roles for her:

Queenie from Blackadder

Queen Mab from Merlin:

Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland (1999)

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