Angelina Jolie will reprise the title role for Disney's forthcoming sequel Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil – here's what to expect from the fairy tale adventure. The original Maleficent offered a revisionist take on the character, an iconic villain from Disney’s 1959 animated Sleeping Beauty. In that version, Maleficent curses Princess Aurora out of spite for not being invited to her christening, but the 2014 movie reveals she had a dark history with King Stefan and the curse was born out of revenge.
Maleficent made for a likable anti-hero, with the character’s new backstory presenting the classic tale from a whole new context. It also provided Jolie with one of her best roles in years. The movie proved to be a big hit worldwide, but while Maleficent 2 was quickly greenlit, the sequel has taken a few years to come together. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil will finally arrive in 2019 and will continue the story of Maleficent and her evolving relationship with Aurora (Elle Fanning).
Maleficent 2 will cap off a very busy year for Disney, so here’s what fans can expect from the character’s new adventure.
Maleficent 2 Is Called Mistress of Evil
The sequel’s title was recently confirmed as Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil. This subtitle goes back to the animated version of the character, who proclaimed herself “Mistress of all evil.” This suggests that while she may have earned redemption for her actions in the 2014 movie, she won’t exactly be a clean-cut hero in the sequel either. Which is a good thing, since part of the fun with Maleficent is her dark side.
Maleficent 2 Release Date Is 18 October 2019
With Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, Disney has eleven movies coming in 2019, including The Lion King, Aladdin and Star Wars: Episode IX. Maleficent 2 arrives on 18 October, which gives it a little breathing room from other heavy hitters like Frozen 2. The sequel was originally set to land May 2020, but it was moved up the schedule by seven months. While the original Maleficent was a major success, the time it took for a sequel to arrive and Disney’s packed calendar means it might struggle to reach the same box-office gross.
What We Know About Maleficent 2's Story
Disney released a synopsis for Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, which reveals it takes place several years after the 2014 movie. The follow-up will explore the growing relationship between the title character and Aurora, who will soon become Queen. The pair will have to work together to stop a new enemy from threatening the magical creatures of the Moors. Sam Riley and Imelda Staunton will return from the first adventure, while Michelle Pfeiffer (Ant-Man & The Wasp) and Chiwetel Ejiofor join the sequel as new characters.
Maleficent 2 Doesn't Have A Trailer (Yet)
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil doesn’t have a trailer yet, so concrete details of the plot are still a mystery. Having Maleficent and Aurora as uneasy allies is an intriguing hook for a sequel, so hopefully, it will meet fan expectations.
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- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019