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Maleficent 3 Confirmed, Angelina Jolie to Return in Disney’s Live-Action Sequel

The 1959 animated picture Sleeping Beauty from Walt Disney Productions features the fictional character Maleficent.

The young Princess Aurora is cursed to “prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die” before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday by the evil fairy, also known as the “Mistress of All Evil.” Her reason for the curse is that she was not invited to a christening.  

Maleficent is modeled after Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy godmother from Charles Perrault’s fairy tale and Little Briar Rose, the villain from the Brothers Grimm’s adaptation of the same tale. Marc Davis was the animator for Maleficent.

Her original voice was given by Eleanor Audley, who had previously played Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, in Cinderella (1950).

A reimagined version of the character debuted as the lead character in the 2014 live-action Maleficent movie, portrayed by Angelina Jolie, who later returned to the role in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Maleficent is portrayed in this version as a likable figure who is misinterpreted in her attempts to defend her domain and herself from people.

Maleficent 3 affirmation

It was recently confirmed by Angelina Jolie that she will reprise her role as the renowned Disney villain Maleficent in a third live-action film that is based on the beloved animated film Sleeping Beauty.

The Wall Street Journal claims that Jolie has formally committed to playing the lead role in a third live-action Maleficent film.

This would be Disney’s first live-action threequel based on an animated classic; other project details are currently unknown. After the second film, live-action remakes such as Alice in Wonderland and 101 Dalmatians have reached their peak.

What Will ‘Maleficent 3’ Be About? 

Maleficent 3’s plot details are currently unclear. On the other hand, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’s conclusion might have provided a hint as to what the third movie might contain.

Actor Harris Dickinson plays Prince Phillip, to whom Elle Fanning’s character Aurora marries, and Maleficent promises to return for the baby’s baptism. 

Are you aware of the cast members of Maleficent 3? Although Angelina is returning as her character, the rest of the cast has not yet been confirmed, despite assurances given to fans.

Maleficent 3
Maleficent 3

Nonetheless, many are hoping Elle will make a comeback for a follow-up film because her character is so important to the narrative. 

When Does ‘Maleficent 3’ Come Out? 

There is currently no word on when the sequel movie will be released because production has not started.

Fans, however, are hoping that filming could start in 2024, with the official end of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes in 2023. 

Maleficent Was a Surprise Hit for Disney

A live-action adaptation of 1959’s Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent tells the story from the viewpoint of the titular evil fairy.

When it was released in 2014, the Robert Stromberg-directed movie brought in $758 million at the global box office, making it a huge commercial success for Disney. 

Maleficent was nominated for Best Costume Design at the 87th Academy Awards as well. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the 2019 sequel, only made $491 million worldwide at the box office, falling short of the first film’s earnings.

Disney decided to approve more live-action retellings of its animated classics after the success of Maleficent and the 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland adaptation.

The Mouse House has reimagined and released the live-action remakes of Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid.

A 2019 live-action prequel to 101 Dalmatians that focused on Cruella de Vil’s (Emma Stone’s) early years was also released. Early work has been done on a sequel in which Stone is expected to play the same role.

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