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Maleficent 2: everything we know about Angelina Jolie’s return to the dark side

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The actress (and her magnificent cheekbones) are back for more wickedness in this Disney sequel.

People of The Moors, beware – something wicked this way comes.

In the first trailer for Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil released in May this year, we saw Angelina Jolie step back into the horned headdress and magnificent cheekbones of Maleficent, Disney’s most iconic villain, once more. And now, Disney has released a second trailer full of yet more hints about what the next chapter of Maleficent’s story has in store. 

But, just as in the first film, this sequel is set to interrogate everything we thought we knew about this fairytale. Is Maleficent a villain, or a victim? Is she the architect of her story or is she a woman fighting to be heard in a man’s world?

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The original film ended on a happy note, but both teaser trailers for this long-awaited sequel – it’s been five years between drinks for Maleficent fans – cast more than a shadow of a doubt about Maleficent’s future.

Here’s everything we know about the movie so far: 

Is there a trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil? 

Yes, there are two. The first teaser trailer was released on 14 May, and featured Maleficent confronting Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) in her palace on the eve of Aurora’s (Elle Fanning) coronation. “I remember this story of an evil witch and the princess she cursed to sleep forever,” Ingrith says. “The story became legend, but this is no fairytale.”

“There are many who prey on the innocent, I’m sure your king would agree,” Maleficent responds.

“If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were making a threat,” Ingrith says.

Maleficent shoots back: “Well do you? Know better?”

We know what happens to foolish royals who dare to threaten Maleficent’s power and freedom. We think that Queen Ingrith better watch her back.

The second trailer was released today (8 July) and opens with Prince Phillip’s marriage proposal to Aurora, which is met with fury from Maleficent.

“No”, answers Maleficent simply, when Aurora tells her the news. “Love doesn’t always end well.” 

And, from the looks of things, she might be right. Will the impending wedding unite the two worlds of Ulstead and the Moors, or pull them further apart? Whatever happens, the new trailer leaves us in no doubt that loyalties are set to be tested. 

What is the plot of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil?

Disney has described the plot of the film as “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.”

In the first teaser trailer, Maleficent is seen rallying the fairies to her side and conjuring a powerful magical spell, the results of which cause Princess Aurora to look at her in horror. Are we going to see Maleficent turn to the dark side in this sequel? 

The most recent trailer shows the splintering effect Aurora’s impending marriage will have on her relationship with Maleficent, and on the kingdom as a whole. We can see that the tensions between Ulstead and the neighboring Moors are reaching breaking point, with Maleficent and Queen Ingrith coming head-to-head. Will it end in all-out war?

Who is in the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil cast? 

Jolie and Elle Fanning are back, reprising their starring roles as the witch and the princess respectively.

Joining them in the film is a seriously star-studded array of names including Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Robert Linsday as King John and Sam Riley as Diaval, Maleficent’s companion. Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in a yet-to-be-unveiled main role, with Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Juno Temple appearing as key fairies. Prince Phillip, Aurora’s true love, will be played not by the first film’s original actor Brenton Thwaites, but by newcomer Harris Dickinson. 

“I’ve never done a sequel before, so it should be fun to revisit a character many years later,” Fanning told Elle in 2018. “That is something I’m very excited for. Also, being reunited with Angie is pretty cool. She’s just a powerhouse on set; the way that she works, she just has this power and respect around her.”

Are there any behind the scenes pictures from Maleficent: Mistress of Evil?

There are. Director Joachim Rønning has shared several images on his Instagram of the elaborate sets created in London’s Pinewood Studios for the movie. That included recreating a forest inside a soaring hanger, and the horned cake the cast and crew served on his birthday. 

And, as of today, Disney has released more exclusive images of Maleficent, Aurora and Queen Ingrith, in what looks like the throws of a dark and all-consuming struggle for power.

Jolie looks even more staggeringly beautiful yet terrifying as the indomitable Maleficent. 

Queen Ingrith, played by Pfeiffer, is pictured in what seems to be the throws of battle. 

And it seems that Aurora’s joy at her engagement might be short lived. Watch this space.

What is the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil release date?

The movie will be in cinemas on 18 October, 2019. Mark your iCals now. 

Images: Disney

The post was updated on 8 July 2019. An original version of this post appeared on 14 May 2019. 

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Hannah-Rose Yee is a writer based in London. You can find her on the internet talking about movies, television and Chris Pine.

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