Disney made a surprising announcement Wednesday that the upcoming Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has been bumped up seven months to October 18, 2019 (per The Wrap). It was originally slated for release on May 29, 2020.
The fantasy film will be a sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, which went on to gross over $758 million at the worldwide box office despite receiving split critical reception here in the states. Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as the Sleeping Beauty villain-turned-hero.
It is an interesting move on the part of the Mouse House because 2019 is already a stacked year for them with releases like Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Dumbo, Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and so on. Although it has been five years since the original film, if Maleficent: Mistress of Evil can do anything close to what its predecessor did worldwide, then Disney’s box office receipts come the end of the year could be indeed record-breaking.
Disney accompanied the announcement with our first teaser poster for the film, which you can see for yourself below:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Ronning directs the film from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton.
Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville return from the first film, joined by newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
What do you think about Disney’s bumping Maleficent: Mistress of Evil up seven months into 2019? Do you think it is a smart call? Let me know what you think in the comments below!