Disney’s Mistress of All Evil is back — and faces a new formidable royal foe in the anticipated sequel to Maleficent, as the studio presented the first official footage of Angelina Jolie in the titular role on Wednesday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
2014’s Maleficent follows the fairy turned evil sorceress from Sleeping Beauty, who cursed the King’s daughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep from which only true love’s kiss could awaken her, as Maleficent embarks on a journey in which she becomes a guardian to Aurora as she grows up in exile in the Moors, and discovers her maternal love for the young princess.
The footage unveiled of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, due in theaters Oct. 18, revealed that Maleficent and Aurora’s relationship will be tested when Prince Phillip asks for Aurora’s hand in marriage and brings her to meet his mother, Queen Ingrith (played by Michelle Pfeiffer), a character that will cause a rift between Maleficent and Aurora. “The queen is a smart woman, which makes her formidable, and that’s fun,” Jolie said in a video clip shown between scenes from the film, which were not released publicly.
“Aurora and Maleficent love each other so much, but there is a huge divide between them,” Fanning added in the video. “Maleficent is still a little wary of the humans, and Aurora is dealing with a burden of coming into a new life to be this cookie-cutter royal, which is not what Aurora is.”
Jolie teased that the film “will give audiences not just the characters they know but also a new, surprising world.”