Disney has released the first trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The sequel to the 2014 spin on Sleeping Beauty has Angelina Jolie reprising her role as the misunderstood sorceress and this time putting her at the center of a new battle to protect the magical creatures from humans.
But watching this trailer, I don’t really care. The first Maleficent was pretty forgettable even though Jolie was clearly having a ball playing the character. It was a weak story and while putting Sleeping Beauty in a live-action context is neat, the story was flat and everything was overshadowed by expensive visuals. And judging by the trailer for Mistress of Evil, someone said, “Yes, more of that, please.” Maybe the movie will be good, but right now I don’t see anything here that tempts me to dive back into the world of Maleficent.
Check out the trailer below. The film opens October 18th and also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.
Here’s the official synopsis for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil:
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is 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. 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. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.