Fans of Angelina Jolie can rejoice because she back in the theaters working her magic sooner than they thought. Disney announced yesterday that the sequel to the 2014 film Maleficent will hit theaters Oct. 18, 2019—a bit sooner than its original May 2020 release date. Slight sooner. But that’s not all! The House of Mouse also confirmed the title of the movie, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, on a brand-new teaser poster for the film. The poster showed Jolie rocking the evil villain’s ensemble while staring off into the distance. However no trailer has been released as of yet, we will just have to patiently wait. Elle Fanning is also returning for the film to play our favourite princess, Aurora. In fact, the 20-year-old actress shared a few behind-the-scenes photos of the two stars working on the film back in May.
While Jolie has been doing a lot of work behind the camera, it’s been a while since fans have seen her on the big screen. In fact, the last time she appeared in front of the camera was for her 2015 movie By the Sea, in which she acted alongside her now-ex Brad Pitt (still; have not come to terms with it). Although, Jolie did provide the voice of Tigress in the 2016 animated film Kung Fu Panda 3.
During a 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said she had “taken over a year off” from acting because of her “family situation” and so she could “take care of my kids. “However, she also told Deadline that same year that she was ready to return to the craft. “I am now the breadwinner for the family so it’s time,” she said. With that being said, Maleficent 2 is and will be the film that many of us fans will await to see her in front of the big screen doing what she does best. The first Maleficent did not have great reviews across the board however, many claiming that Angelina gave a whole different personality compared to the original character. Rotten tomatoes did give the film a 54% which, isn’t too bad but the movie did garner 758.5 million USD in the box office.
With many fans asserting that that they were tear jerked and had their hearts melting also had people brutally honestly ripping the comment section with claims that the movie alone did not do much for them, but it was rather Angelina’s acting that made the entire film. I don’t know about you but that’s a huge claim that I completely agree on.
Exceptions are to be made with the sequel however, only because Maleficent has a love interest. The chance that Maleficent might be luckier in love the second time around has also increased with the news that Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) is playing the film’s villain. That gives us hope that Ejiofor’s character and Jolie’s Maleficent have a better shot at love in the sequel.
Disney will also continue to find stereotypes, as seen in the first movie it wasn’t Prince Phillip’s kiss that awakened Aurora, it was Maleficent’s. We don’t know exactly which stereotype they will be debunking this time, but we have faith some will be thrown off.
With the release date moving to this year, we could expect a trailer anytime soon.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is out in cinemas on October 18.