Maleficent is a 2014 American fantasy thriller film directed by Robert Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie as the title character. The story takes inspiration from the 1959 animated classic,Sleeping Beauty, but from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent. It began filming on June 18,2012, and was released on May 30, 2014 in 3D. It was produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, from a screenplay written byLinda Woolverton. The song for the film is "Once Upon a Dream",which is performed by Lana Del Rey. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office and comercial success, grossing $756 million worldwide, making it Angelina Jolie's highest grossing film to date.