Disney has released the trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to the 2014 live-action film that reimagined the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of the story’s villainess.
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are back as Maleficent and Princess Aurora respectively, in a plot that picks up several years after the events in the first film. It looks like Maleficent’s making some dangerous moves in a clash with Queen Ingrith, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. “What have you done?” asks Aurora.
If you were a big fan of the first film, then this will likely be tickling your fancy. It looks to be firmly in line with what’s come before, which doesn’t drive much excitement for this particular writer, but perhaps this could be an imaginative outing that brings in crowds that weren’t to keen on chapter one. We’ll see. At the helm is Joachim Rønning, one half of the directing duo behind Kon-Tiki and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, also starring Ed Skrein, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville, arrives in Australian cinemas on October 17 and hits the US on October 18.
Official synopsis for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil:
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’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 Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.