By Mizael Tilos
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures that picks up several years after “Maleficent” that was directed by Robert Stromberg. It told the story of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s point-of-view 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.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is the official name of the sequel, directed by Joachim Rønning, who co-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) for Disney. The picture has a screenplay by Linda Woolverton with Micah Fitzerman-Blue. Noah Harpster also worked on the story. They are joined by producers and star Jolie, Joe Roth, and Duncan Henderson, as well as executive producers Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Michael Vieira.
After the released of Maleficent in 2014, Jolie stated a sequel was possible. The project was officially announced the following June and Jolie signed in 2016. The film reunites Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) with Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) that shows a battle about to erupt between Maleficent and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer).
The two are fighting over Princess Aurora, who has been raised by Maleficent and tells her she is soon to be married. The clip also gives us a glimpse of the queen of a neighboring kingdom (and Prince Philip’s mom). During a scene at a banquet in the castle, Queen Ingrith tells Maleficent, “You have done an admirable job going against your own nature to raise this child. But now, she will finally get the love of a real mother. Tonight I consider Aurora my own.”
The teaser trailer was released on May 13, 2019, and the first official trailer was released on July 8, 2019. The trailer also reveals that Maleficent isn’t alone in the world. As she fell into the sea, another horned fairy rescues her and brings her to a group of her own kind.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is now scheduled to arrive at theaters on October 18, 2019.