The film serves as a sequel to the 2014 film, itself inspired by the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty and Charles Perrault’s original fairy tale. It provided a backstory for Maleficent, revealing to audiences the series of events that led her down the path of evil and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora.
Although it received mixed reviews from critics, Maleficent went on to gross $758m worldwide and became the fourth-highest-grossing film of that year.
The new film picks up several years after the first film, with the official synopsis detailing that the film “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”.
Alongside Jolie, Elle Fanning will return as Princess Aurora. Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star.
The film is directed by Joachim Rønning, with a screenplay by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and Noah Harpster.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is released in UK cinemas on 18 October.
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