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

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Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

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, Angelina Jolie has stepped back into the horned headdress and magnificent cheekbones of Maleficent, Disney’s most iconic villain, once more. 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 the teaser trailer for this long-awaited sequel – it’s been five years between drinks for Maleficent fans – casts 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? 

There is. The first teaser trailer was released today (14 May), and features 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.

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? 

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. 

What is the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil release date?

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

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