Disney Moves Up the Release Date for its ‘Maleficent’ Sequel By a Full 7 Months

In a rare move, Disney will release the film sooner than expected: Halloween 2019, instead of Memorial Day 2020.

Disney quickly moved to make a Maleficent sequel after the original made more than $750 million at the worldwide box office. The sequel was previously just called Maleficent II, but now, the movie has a new subtitle: Mistress of Evil. It also has a surprising new release date and a new teaser poster featuring Angelina Jolie:

The sequel will be directed by Joachim Rønning (Robert Stromberg was behind the camera for the first one), who has already co-directed the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie for Disney. Elle Fanning and Sam Riley will both be back for the sequel. Here is the film’s official synopsis:

“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, “Maleficent II” continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy (Angelina Jolie) and the soon to be Queen (Elle Fanning), as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.”

Originally slated to hit theaters Memorial Day Weekend 2020, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will now hit theaters on October 18, 2019.

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