Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Maleficent Mistress of Evil (Official Film Poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoachim Rønning
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Linda Woolverton
Based on
Starring
Music byGeoff Zanelli
CinematographyHenry Braham
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is an upcoming American dark fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Joachim Rønning, and written by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and Noah Harpster from a story by Woolverton. It is a sequel to the 2014 film Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie returning to portray the title role. Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville also return to their previous roles, with Harris Dickinson replacing Brenton Thwaites from the first film and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, and Michelle Pfeiffer joining the cast as new characters.

After the release of the first film in May 2014, Jolie stated a sequel was possible. The project was officially announced the following June and Jolie signed on in April 2016. Rønning, who co-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) for Disney, was hired to direct the film in October 2017 and the rest of the cast was added or confirmed in May 2018, with filming beginning that month at Pinewood Studios in England, lasting through August. A teaser trailer was released on May 13, 2019, and the first official trailer was released on July 8, 2019.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2019.

Premise[edit]

After the events of the first film, Maleficent lives peacefully in the Moors. However, things take a turn for the worst when Prince Phillip proposes to Aurora, to which she accepts. With Phillip's mother declaring Aurora her own, Maleficent turns yet again against the kingdom to take down the queen.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On June 3, 2014, following the release of the first film, Angelina Jolie hinted that a sequel to Maleficent was a possibility.[7] On June 15, 2015, Walt Disney Pictures announced that the sequel was in the works and that Linda Woolverton would return to write the screenplay of the film.[8] Although Jolie's return to the sequel was not yet certain, the script was intended to be written with her in mind.[8] In addition, Joe Roth was reported to return as producer of the film.[8] On April 25, 2016, Disney officially confirmed Jolie's return as the title character.[9] On August 29, 2017, it was reported that Jez Butterworth would rewrite Woolverton's script while Roth was confirmed as returning as producer.[10] In September 2017, Jolie stated that they "have been working on the script and this is going to be a really strong sequel."[11] On October 3, 2017, Deadline reported that the film would be directed by Joachim Rønning and it would start filming in the first quarter of 2018.[12]

Casting[edit]

In April 2018, Ed Skrein was cast in the film to play the main villain role, with Elle Fanning returning to play Princess Aurora from the previous film.[13] Michelle Pfeiffer was also added as character described as a queen,[14] later clarified to be an evil queen[15] named Queen Ingrith.[16]

In May 2018, it was announced that Harris Dickinson would replace Brenton Thwaites in the role of Prince Phillip, due to scheduling conflicts with the latter actor.[17] Later it was also confirmed that Jenn Murray, David Gyasi, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Lindsay had also joined the cast. Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville were also confirmed to reprise their roles from the prior film.[18][19][20] In June 2018, Judith Shekoni joined the cast.[21]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on May 29, 2018, at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.[20][22][23] Filming wrapped on August 24, 2018.[24][25]

Post-production[edit]

The visual effects were provided by Moving Picture Company and Mill Film, supervised by Jessica Norman, Damien Stumpf, Brian Litson, Ferran Domenech, and Laurent Gillet, with Gary Brozenich serving as the Overall Supervisor.[26]

Music[edit]

On May 22, 2019, it was revealed that film's score will be composed by Geoff Zanelli, replacing James Newton Howard from the previous film.[27] The film marks Zanelli and Rønning's second collaboration, after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.[27] Zanelli said that "[t]he storytelling in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is fantastic", for which he said that "writing [the film's] score is a dream come true".[27]

Release[edit]

The film is set for release on October 18, 2019, by Walt Disney Pictures,[1] moving up from its previous announced date of May 29, 2020.[28]

Marketing[edit]

The first teaser trailer for the film was released on May 13, 2019.[29] On July 8, 2019, the official trailer for the film was released, in which Ejiofor's character was revealed.[30]

References[edit]

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