Disney’s live-action sequel to “Maleficent” is coming out sooner than expected. The studio announced today that “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will release on October 18th, seven months earlier than previously announced. Angelina Jolie will once again star in the title role; the film is a sequel to the 2014 hit “Maleficent,” which made $69M on opening weekend before grossing over $758M worldwide. The follow-up film was scheduled to release on May 29th; the original film released on May 30th, 2014.
October is always a busy month for horror-thriller releases, but only an untitled Blumhouse project is currently scheduled to compete with “Maleficent 2” on its opening weekend. The schedule will most likely fill up this summer, though it seems unlikely that any other family-film would want to compete with “Maleficent 2.”
Robert Stromberg directed the original film for Disney, but “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” director Joachim Ronning is directing the second installment for the studio. Starring alongside Angelina Jolie in the film are Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. These actors are reprising their roles from the first ” Maleficent,” they will be joined by newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
There are still a few heavy-hitters on the schedule for October. The Warner Bros. Pictures film “Joker” is releasing on the first weekend of the month. Todd Phillips directed that film, which is based on the DC Comics character and starring Joaquin Phoenix. “Joker” is opening against “The Woman in the Window,” a thriller directed by Joe Wright and starring Amy Adams. The following weekend is the release of the animated-comedy “The Addams Family;” Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” with Clive Owen, Will Smith, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead; the big adaptation of “The Goldfinch” with Ansel Elgort and Sarah Paulson; and “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” with Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Rosario Dawson.