Released in 2014, Maleficent proved to be an astounding success for Disney's line of live-action princess movies, pulling in $69.4 million on its opening weekend and a total of $758.4m worldwide. Even so, not much has been revealed about the impending sequel since it was first confirmed back in 2015, aside from a potential release date spanning anywhere from April 6, 2018 to December 20, 2019. Now, Maleficent star Angelina Jolie has confirmed she will reprise her role as the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil."
In an interview with Deadline, Jolie revealed the news, saying, "We have been working on the script and this is going to be a really strong sequel." According to the report, Jolie -- who was once rumored to have a role in Universal’s Bride Of Frankenstein -- is "excited by the prospect of returning to that Disney villainess."
Directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton, Maleficent is a loose adaptation of Charles Perrault's original fairy tale. Inspired by Walt Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, the film portrays the story from the perspective of the eponymous antagonist, depicting her conflicted relationship with the Princess Aura and a corrupt kingdom.
Maleficent 2 has yet to receive an official release date.