Disney's "Maleficent" sequel receives new release date, title, and poster!

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Bring on the trailer!

It’s been five long years since we last saw Disney’s Maleficent fly off into the sunset after uniting the magical Moors and the neighboring human kingdom. We now have word that Disney has appropriately titled the sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and the long-awaited follow-up will theaters much sooner than expected!

In a curious but no doubt strategic move, Disney has decided to release Maleficent: Mistress of Evil seven months earlier from its originally slated May 29, 2020 release. That means seven short months from today, Maleficent will fly into theaters on October 18, 2019, running virtually unopposed heading into the weeks leading up to Halloween.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil picks up several years after the original, following returning stars Angelina Jolie as "Maleficent" and Elle Fanning as "Sleeping Beauty" or Princess Aurora as they “form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.”

As previously announced, Michelle Pfeiffer will play Queen Ingrith, joining Doctor Strange's Chiwetel Ejiofor in an undisclosed role and Ed Skrein as the sequel's villain. Fans anxious to see Prince Philip and Princess Aurora’s on-screen reunion will have to get used to actor Harris Dickinson as the 'new' Prince, replacing Brenton Thwaites due to scheduling conflicts. Sam Riley reprises his role as Diaval, and Princess Aurora's pixie godmothers are also set to return portrayed by Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass), Juno Temple (Thistlewit), and Lesley Manville (Flittle).

Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Rønning directed the sequel written by Spectre and Edge of Tomorrow scribe Jez Butterworth, Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and Noah Harpster.

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Walt Disney Studios
'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Walt Disney Studios

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