The best villains are ones we love to hate, and Maleficent, the evil fairy and Mistress of All Evil from SLEEPING BEAUTY, is the grande dame of Disney evildoers — especially when she’s played by Angelina Jolie. MALEFICENT opened in 2014, just as Disney’s slate of live-action remakes of animated classics was ramping up. We’ve waited years for the new MALEFICENT movie, and the news is good: MALEFICENT 2 is almost here!
Now the sequel is in post-production, with a prime 2020 release date set. Jolie returns in the title role, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Skrein joining to play new characters. Here’s everything we know about MALEFICENT II.
When Can We See It?
MALEFICENT II has a May 29, 2020 release date. We’d love to see the film sooner, but there’s evidently still a lot of work to be done. Additionally, since Disney has a lot of movies coming out over the next year, finding a good release date isn’t easy!
That release date comes just a week after GODZILLA VS. KONG and a week before WONDER WOMAN 1984 from Warner Bros.
Is There a Maleficent II Trailer?
We would like to use some dark fairy magic to conjure footage, but there is no trailer yet. There aren’t even any official photos of the actors in costume. The closest thing we’ve got is the photo of directors’ chairs above, which Disney released when the movie started shooting. But since MALEFICENT II wrapped production at the end of August 2018 and has been in post-production ever since, perhaps we’ll see footage soon.
Why Has Maleficent II Taken So Long?
MALEFICENT was one of Disney’s first live-action forays into previously animated territory, following the massive success of Tim Burton’s 3D ALICE IN WONDERLAND, released in 2010. (Burton’s movie benefitted from opening just a few months after the release of AVATAR, which created a huge interest in 3D movies. ALICE IN WONDERLAND was the next big 3D film released after AVATAR.)
The original MALEFICENT was a success in 2014, and Disney began development on a sequel quickly. But lining up the schedules for stars like Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning isn’t easy. And Jolie worked with the writers and producers to get the script just right. There are boring logistical details, too, like booking enough studio space to make the movie!
The Maleficent II Story
On May 29, 2018, Disney announced the start of production on MALEFICENT II. The press release featured the following story synopsis:
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.
That says a lot without revealing any particular details, but it’s truly all we know right now.
Who Are the New Maleficent II Actors?
While we don’t have a lot of MALEFICENT II story info, we do know a lot about the actors who are joining the cast. Michelle Pfeiffer returns to the Disney fold (after shooting ANT-MAN AND THE WASP and AVENGERS: ENDGAME) to play Queen Ingrith.
Ed Skrein (DEADPOOL) plays a new villain, while Chiwetel Ejiofor (DOCTOR STRANGE) has an unknown role. And Robert Lindsay (WIMBLEDON) is in the cast along with Harris Dickinson (THE DARKEST MINDS), who plays Queen Ingrith’s son, Prince Phillip. He replaces Brenton Thwaites, who played the character in the original movie.
Many Favorite Cast Members Are Back!
Of course, Angelina Jolie is donning her stunning Maleficent costume once again, but she’s not the only returning cast member. Elle Fanning reprises the role of Aurora, daughter of the man who once spurned Maleficent and originally the target of a sleeping curse. Aurora was made Queen at the end of the first movie, and she and Maleficent developed a daughter/mother relationship.
Sam Riley is also back as Diaval, the raven who does Maleficent’s bidding and is changed into various forms. And, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville all reprise their characters as well.
Come back to the AMC® Scene for more info on the new MALEFICENT sequel as it takes form!