Disney has made 12 live-action remakes of their animated films, nine since “Alice In Wonderland” became a billion-dollar hit worldwide and there’s approximately over just over two dozen more in the works. “The Lion King” is right around the corner, the first trailer for “Mulan” was just unveiled and now it’s time to put the spotlight back on “Maleficent” with the sequel, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”
The first “Maleficent,” a live-action riff on the villain from “Sleeping Beauty” was a major hit and grossed $758 million globally. But despite the success, director Robert Stromberg has moved on and ‘Mistress of Evil’ is helmed by filmmaker Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales“).
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning return, and this sequel is set several years after the first film, and the relationship between the horned fairy (Jolie) and the soon-to-be Queen (Fanning) becomes more complicated. New alliances are formed, new adversaries arise and are faced in a struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that live within. Here’s the official synopsis:
The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.
Sam Riley, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville also return to the cast, and new additions include Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michelle Pfeiffer. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2019. Watch the new trailer below.