Disney Releases ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Full-Length Trailer

Disney just released its official full-length trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. This follows another major Disney film trailer that hit the airways earlier this week when it released a preview of Mulan, due out in 2020.

“Maleficent’s” Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie | Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

An epic battle for Aurora

The main cast members from the 2014 film will resume their roles in this sequel, with Angelina Jolie returning as the title role, and Elle Fanning reprising her role as Princess Aurora, according to People.

Set five years into the future, the film explores Maleficent’s relationship with Aurora, especially in light of Aurora’s recent engagement, as reported by People. This time around, Queen Ingrith (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) will be Maleficent’s targeted enemy. The two battle for the love of Aurora, who Maleficent raised through childhood, yet Queen Ingrith attempts to stake her claim as the girl’s guardian.

In the clip, Queen Ingrith makes her stance clear. “You have done an admirable job going against your own nature to raise this child,” she tells Maleficent. “But now she will finally get the love of a real mother. Tonight, I consider Aurora my own.” Later in the clip, Ingrith tells Aurora, “Maleficent is a threat to everyone. We will do our best to protect you.”

New cast members and familiar faces

According to Variety, Sam Riley and Lesley Manville also return to reprise their roles from the first film. Joining Pfeiffer as new members of the cast are Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in 12 Years a Slave. Harris Dickinson is also a newcomer, replacing Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip from the 2014 film.

As the prequel to Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent tells the tale from the villian’s perspective. The 2014 film appealed to audiences, bringing in over $750 million at the global box office, as reported by Variety.

Jolie on playing Maleficent

When Maleficent was released in 2014, many were surprised that Jolie was cast for the title role. Her performance quieted any doubts. When asked about playing Maleficent and all the portrayal entailed, Jolie said it had to be a full commitment.

“Part of the thing with this role is that you realize that there’s no half-way.  If you’re going to do it, you can’t kinda do it.  You have to just go fully into it and enjoy it,” Jolie told Collider in 2014. “The original was done so well, and her voice was so great, and the way she was animated was so perfect that, if anything, I just was worried that I’d fail the original.  But, I practiced a lot with my children.  When I got them laughing, I figured that I was on to something.”

Jolie also commented that the role appealed to her since it was such a departure from her usual parts in films. “It was a crazy idea, and I was so challenged by it. My kids are now all watching all of these movies and wanting to play with mommy,” she said in the interview. “It was perfect timing to have them all on set, playing and being a part of the adventure with me. For me, as an actress, I wanted to not do something where I’m taking myself so seriously, and trying to do something for myself and my art. I wanted to remember what it is to play and entertain, and try something bold… I was a bit nervous to take her on. I don’t have a big theater voice.  I don’t do things that are comedic. This is such a crazy idea.  I’m a fairy. I’d come and hear, ‘How was your day?’ And I’d be like, ‘I was a fairy. I don’t know.’ But somehow, it’s great to jump into things you’re not sure of and you haven’t done and that are a little scary. That’s what we have to do, as artists.”

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is scheduled to release in theaters on October 18, 2019.