Disney‘s sequel to 2014 hit Maleficent has received its title, first poster and new release dates.
Angelina Jolie will return in the titular role and Elle Fanning will be reprising her role as Princess Aurora in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, a follow-up that will pick up a few years after the first film. We’ll continue to explore the complex relationship between Maleficent and Aurora as they face new threats to the magical land of the Moors.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kon-Tiki and Bandidas co-director Joachim Rønning will be helming Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in solo capacity.
While plot details are firmly under wraps, we do know that increasingly-go-to baddie Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Alita: Battle Angel) is on board as a villain. No word as yet on the character he is playing. The cast also includes Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Harris Dickinson as Prince Phillip, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Lindsay.
Maleficent: Mistress Evil was originally set to hit cinemas in May 2020, but it has now been moved up to this year. Disney has announced that the sequel will arrive in Australia on October 17 and open in the US on October 18.
There’s a bit of speculation circling that Disney may have changed the release date to help launch/in anticipation of its buzzed-about streaming service, Disney +. Maleficent sequel included, 2019 is a massive year for Disney; just-released Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Dark Phoenix, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Frozen II and Star Wars IX. This, as Forbes writes, basically means…
“the (potentially) biggest theatrical slate in modern history will in-turn create the biggest streaming premiere slate in recent history as well.”
The first film made an impressive $US758 million worldwide.
Check out the first poster for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil below: