'Maleficent: Mistress of the Evil': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about Disney sequel
Picking up several years after the first 'Maleficent', the second film will involve the titular anti-hero and Aurora forming alliances to fight new enemies.
Angelina Jolie is returning as the Disney villain Maleficent and the first full-length trailer of the upcoming second part of the film is everything fans have been waiting for. The first part reimagined the backstory of the dark, villainous character - the antagonist from the Sleeping Beauty story. The second one, titled 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' will "pose the question, ‘is Maleficent good enough to be Aurora’s mother?'” as Jolie revealed a while ago.
'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' releases on October 18, 2019 in the UK and US. The film was originally planned for a May 29, 2020 release, but it was moved up seven months.
In the first part, we explored the backstory behind why Maleficent cursed Princess Aurora (the protagonist of the Sleeping Beauty story) and reached the typical Disney happy ending with Maleficent restoring the magical kingdom of Moor to its former glory, as she crowns Aurora the queen to unite the two kingdoms together.
Picking up several years after the first 'Maleficent', the second film will involve the titular anti-hero and Aurora forming alliances to fight new enemies. Much information hasn't been released regarding the plot of the story, but it has been revealed that Prince Phillip's marriage proposal to Aurora is going to kick start the action in the movie.
Jolie will be reprising the titular role of the intimidating Maleficent - complete with her pale makeup and her signature horns. Fans fell in love with her very lovable badass the first time itself and we can't wait to find out how dark the tale gets, or what it is like to see her as Maleficent with motherly instincts.
Everyone's favorite onscreen Princess Aurora is going ot make another stellar comeback as Fanning, and the excitement has really built up about what the young adult Aurora will be like. She is a queen this time, and will becoming allies with the woman she looks up to as her godmother change things or will we see Fanning once again as the kind, naive princess with a heart of gold?
Michelle Pfeiffer joins the cast as Queen Ingrith and we just know there's going to be an epic face-off between her and Maleficent at some point in the sequel. The trailer has already established that. But there's no getting over the look Pfieffer adapted for the role with a full-blown smoky cat eye and pearls dripping from her hair, the actress looks stunning even as the prime antagonist of the tale.
Others joining the cast will be Sam Riley as Maleficent’s pet raven, Diaval, and Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville as Aurora’s fairy godmothers. Harris Dickinson will also be taking over from Brenton Thwaites in the role of Prince Phillip. Robert Lindsay, who plays Ingrith's husband King John; Ed Skrein - known for his stint as Daario Naharis on 'Game of Thrones'; and of course Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 'Twelve Years a Slave.'
Norwegian director Joachim Rønning, known for directing 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' is helming the second part of Maleficent, taking over from Robert Stromberg who directed the first part. The screenplay for the film comes from Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
The trailer for 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' came out on May 13, and it is every bit as ethereal as fans had expected it to be. It kicks off with Ingrith's chilling voiceover talking about an evil witch and the princess she had cursed to sleep forever. And as dreamy as the legend sounds, the voiceover also warns us that this is no fairytale. Showing glimpses of Maleficent and Aurora's growing relationship sets the tone for the fairytale about to turn dark as Ingrith's obviously malicious intent takes over and our horned devil and sleeping beauty become allies to defeat her forces.
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