Five years after the release of the hugely successful Maleficent, Disney’s live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s point of view, a sequel is on the way. Angelina Jolie reprises her role as the titular fairy for the follow-up, which is called Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, as the misunderstood character’s origin story continues.
The first teaser reveals familiar allies and new adversaries for Maleficent many years since the events of the first movie. “This is no fairytale,” we’re told about the notorious antihero’s new outing, which hints at a descent that could bring her more towards the wickedness we’ve long associated with the iconic Disney villain.
Watch the new spot down below after reading everything we know about the sequel:
Who is returning from the first Maleficent?
In addition to Angelina Jolie, who marks her first movie role since 2015 with her reprisal of the title character, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil sees the return of Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville are also back as the fairy godmothers, Thistlewit, Knotgrass and Flittle, while Sam Riley again portrays Maleficent’s raven, Diaval.
Who is new to the sequel?
The legendary Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the cast for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil as Queen Ingrith. She is the mother of Aurora’s true love, Prince Phillip and seems to be Maleficent’s enemy in the new movie. The role of Phillip, meanwhile, has been recast with Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats) replacing Brenton Thwaites.
Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) are also new additions for the Maleficent sequel, though their roles are not yet known. Shakespearean actor Robert Lindsay plays King John, who is Queen Ingrith’s husband and father to Prince Phillip.
What is the plot this time?
There is still little known about where Maleficent: Mistress of Evil takes these characters. Disney’s official synopsis for the sequel is rather light on details:
“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, Maleficent II 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.”
Who wrote the sequel?
The screenplay for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is by Emmy-nominated Transparent writer-producers Micah Fizerman-Blue and Noah Harpster with Linda Woolverton, who also penned the first movie and conceived the story for the sequel.
Who is the director?
Joachim Rønning, who co-directed the Oscar-nominated Norwegian movie Kon-Tiki as well as the Disney sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has gone solo to helm Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
When does it come out?
Disney will release Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in U.S. theaters on October 18, 2019.
Watch the latest trailer:
Here’s the first teaser trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil setting up a big, bad, sure to be thrilling screen rivalry between Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer: