Disney’s Maleficent sequel, titled Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, will not hit theaters on October 18, 2019. It was originally slated for release on May 29, 2020, seven months later.
Had Mistress of Evil stayed in that original slot, it would’ve been up against the second weekends for Fast & Furious 9 and a new SpongeBob movie. It now sits in a much less contentious spot as it will be up against the second weekends of The Adams Family, Zombieland 2, and Gemini Man, Ang Lee and Will Smith’s mysterious future thriller.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil sees Angelina Jolie reprise her titular role as the legendary Disney villain. Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville are also set to reprise their roles from the first film. The franchise won’t be resting on its laurels though as multiple big names are set to appear in the sequel. Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, and Chiwetel Ejiofor were all tapped to play a role in Mistress of Evil. Joachim Rønning directed the film, which was written by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and Noah Harpster.
Check out the new poster for the film below:
The first Maleficent was a surprise hit for Disney, earning north of $750 million worldwide against a $180 million budget.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hits theaters October 18, 2019.