You fell in love with the retailing of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty story back in 2014 when Angelina Jolie redefined one of Disney’s most infamous and, as it turns out, mis-understood villains – Maleficent. It went on to gross more than $750 million worldwide making a sequel as inevitable as a dark fairy curse.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” director Joachim Rønning was a fan of the first film and was drawn to the deliciously wicked character of Maleficent “Angelina Jolie created something truly unique with the first movie and with this character,” said Rønning. “It was a bold move by Disney at the time creating a sort of antihero who you weren’t sure was good of bad.”

In “Mistress of Evil” the story of Maleficent and Aurora continues. While the two have spent a lot of time together since the events of the first movie, the events of the sequel plot to keep them apart and learn who they are without each other.

“In the end, this film says a beautiful thing about encouraging people to be of their own true nature and of people accepting each other’s own true nature and finding family in that.”

We can’t wait to return to the magical landscape of the first film and say hello to the familiar characters.

World Premiere in Hollywood highlights:

If that’s not enough Jolie for you, here’s a quick look behind the scenes at how she prepared for the world premiere.

Angelina Jolie and many of the cast of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” recently trekked to Tokyo for the Japanese premiere of the sequel. I’m not actually sure what’s going on in this video, but it looks amazing.

Finally, enjoy this latest behind-the-scenes featurette that includes a trip back to the Moors of fairyland.

About the film:

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.

Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is in theaters October 18.