Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h59min
To be released on the 60th anniversary of the original Sleeping Beauty, Mistress of Evil is the sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, portraying the Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of the eponymous antagonist, with Angelina Jolie in the central performance.
Angelina Jolie had long been attached to the project since March 2010, when Tim Burton, who had tentatively planned to direct, chose not to pursue it. Jolie confirmed shortly after the first film that a sequel would be made. It’s helmed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), and Disney have put together another excellent cast, with Elle Fanning returning as Aurora, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein putting on the show.
Maleficent’s peaceful life as the protector of the Moors takes an unexpected turn when Prince Phillip (rising star, Harris Dickinson) proposes to Aurora and she accepts. Unbeknownst to all, Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith, plans to use the wedding to divide humans and fairies forever. With Maleficent and Aurora finding themselves on opposite sides of an impending war, the two question whether they can truly be a family.