Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to the hugely successful Maleficent. Angelina Jolie returns to play the titular scorned winged sorceress who cursed Princess Aurora to be put under eternal sleep that can only be dispelled by a kiss. But unlike the traditional live-action adaptations, the film took a much different approach by having the film take place from Maleficent’s perspective and exploring why she was bitter towards the kingdom and the young princess.
Now she’s back, along with Elle Fanning, who reprises her role as Princess Aurora. Joining them will be Michelle Pfeiffer as a new character created for this film. Check out the new trailer and six new images from the film below.
Maleficent took in over $758 million at the box office in 2014. Of course, in this business, studios would have to follow that up with a sequel. It just took a little bit of time for that to happen. And due to its success, Disney would announce a long line of live-action adaptations of their animated classics. Some of which were met with critical and commercial success, and others not so much. That being said, Disney won’t stop the production or release of these films anytime soon, especially since they will be launching Disney+ at the end of the year.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also join the cast.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
â€œMaleficent: Mistress of Evilâ€ is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after â€œMaleficent,â€ in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disneyâ€™s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.
The film is directed by Joachim RÃ¸nning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) from a story by Linda Woolverton (Maleficent) and a screenplay by Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
The film is produced by Joe Roth, Duncan Henderson, and Jolie, with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will open in theaters on October 18, 2019.