Someone Please Explain Why Elle Fanning Is British In The Maleficent Trailer

Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora in Maleficent trailer November 2013The first trailer for Maleficent is here — or, I should say ‘teaser trailer’, since previewing the preview is Hollywood’s new favorite thing — and I thought I was really excited to see it. After all, I was so impressed with the first poster yesterday that I did a whole post obsessing over how amazing Angelina Jolie looks in it.

But then I started watching the trailer, and a funny thing happened. I kept hearing this little British voice in my head, which is weird for two reasons. A. My conscience doesn’t usually speak up at all, and if it does it’s solid Midwestern, and B. I was pretty sure there wasn’t anyone British in a lead role in this movie. “Maybe there’s a narrator,” I thought to myself, “because there’s absolutely no reason they’d ask every American actor in this film to do an English accent just because.”

But guess what? They totally are. In a world where they can’t stop won’t stop asking Emma Watson to bungle an American accent in movies that don’t necessarily require one, they’re also inexplicably requiring Elle Fanning to speak with one as Princess Aurora in Maleficent. Which, considering it’s a reinvention of a classic fairytale, means she could literally sound like anything. And even if they were trying to be true to the source material it still wouldn’t be British, because the Brothers Grimm were German.

I just don’t get why fairytale movies keep doing this. (Remember they had Julia Roberts do a British accent as well for Mirror MirrorGod knows why.) There are all kinds of dialects drifting around this cast — from Australian to Scottish to British to American — so why not just embrace it? It’s either that or cast accordingly if you really want to make the dialects match — why make fifteen-year old Elle focus on one more thing that isn’t her acting?

I sense Dakota Fanning behind all this, trying to make Elle play with a handicap so she can still claim to be the more talented sister. I see through your tricks, Dakota…I just wish it wasn’t working.

Maleficent opens May 30th, 2014, which gives them a little more than five months to polish up those sloppy accents. Godspeed.

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    • Jenni

      This movie looks so, so scary

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        As long as you’re afraid of bad accents.

      • DNACowboy

        Wrong, being English I find both her and Jolie’s accents superb and I believe I am the better judge of how a British accent sounds right?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Wrong, I didn’t detect even a hint of accent in what you wrote. In British, Angelina’s last name is spelled Joulie. A real Brit would know that.

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    • Stacey Judith

      Let’s face it, “British” accents make anyone and any movie sound interesting.. A fairytale where the princess speaks with an “American” accent doesn’t really seem that dreamy and princess-like.. And especially when the prince comes in, now that’s when you really need the accent.. Also you have to admit, Angelina as a British Maleficent sounds more menacing!

    • Rosa

      What’s weird is I watched it and Elle’s accent didn’t seem at all like her accent, which I and many other noted was excellent, in Ginger & Rosa (which omg she was amazing in, definitely the film was to platform her talent.) She’s great anyway though. She is doing so much more for me than Dakota ever did or can.

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    • DNACowboy

      The reason being that the American accent does not lend itself to Mythological, Gothic or Fantasy genres, directors have tried and tried and it just doesn’t work. Be happy that the American accent works for so many other categories so well.

      Also, I sense a sort of discrimination in the article, why shouldn’t the actors have British accents?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Don’t even know how to address your allegations, so I’m just gonna recommend that you open a window to see if you can get that stink out.