'Maleficent 2' To Change Title To 'Maleficent: Mistresses Of All Evil'

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Angelina Jolie will return to the big screen as the dark enchantress Maleficent. (Photo: Flickr/Jorge Figueroa)

The sequel of "Maleficent," which stars Angelina Jolie, will likely have a new title. Disney originally called the movie "Maleficent II" during its active production over the summer, but sources now hint of a potential title change.

According to The DisInsider, "Maleficent II" may likely be called "Maleficent: Mistress Of All Evil." The new title appears to be a better fit should Disney proceed with its plan to do a spinoff of "Descendants" on the big screen, which will feature the villains in the studio's library of fairytales. 

The "Maleficent" sequel will still follow the complex relationship between the dark fairy (Jolie) and her ward Aurora (Fanning), who will soon become Queen. The official synopsis cites that they will form new alliances to protect Maleficent's magical forest, the Moors. 

The follow-up movie will feature Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Robert Lindsay as King John, Sam Riley as Diaval, Juno Temple as Thistlewit, Lesley Manville as Flittle, Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass, Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Harris Dickinson also joins the cast to replace Brenton Thwaites, who originally played Prince Phillip in the first movie.

Though not much is known about the new characters, reports revealed that Ejiofor's role might likely be that of Maleficent's new love interest. Skrein, on the other hand, may be playing the movie's new villain. 

"Maleficent," which ran in theaters in 2014, showed a different side to the evil enchantress of "Sleeping Beauty." She hated Aurora with a passion, but the movie was pretty clear in explaining the root of the bad blood between them. Now that Maleficent and Aurora have a special friendship, moviegoers have grown curious on what the sequel will tackle and why, despite the change of heart, Maleficent will still be known as the Mistresses Of All Evil. 

Meanwhile, it's not clear if one of Jolie's kids will make another cameo in the "Maleficent" sequel. Vivienne, the actress' daughter with Brad Pitt, played the younger version of Aurora in the first movie. 

Jolie shared to Elle magazine that they originally thought Shiloh could play the short role. But Shiloh, who was then 7, apparently laughed at the thought that she'd be a princess in a movie, so the role went to Vivienne. On hindsight, Jolie said they cast the perfect young Aurora because the character was not supposed to be afraid of the Mistress of All Evil even if she hisses and Vivienne, then 4, could not help but keep smiling at her mom on the set. 

"Maleficent: Mistress Of All Evil" has a May 2020 theater date. Joachim Ronning directed the film from a script by Linda Woolverton, Jez Butterworth, and Noah Harpster. 

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