I finally made it to the Walt Disney Theater inside Walt Disney Presents at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see the special sneak peek at Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Even though the movie opens wide this week, I won’t give away any spoilers, but I am looking forward to seeing how the movie turns out. I suspect there is more than a little mis-direction in the trailers and sneak peek.
Speaking of trailers. A few more have been released, including this one on Sunday night that adapts a line from Highlander – There Can Only Be One.
Or this one where “evil has met her match”
Finally, there’s a new roundtable conversation featuring the cast of “Mistress of Evil”
One of the joys of the film will be watching Michelle Pfieffer, who plays Queen Ingrith, act opposite Angelina Jolie. In the sneak preview they have a delicious confrontation over a getting to know you dinner, of course, that is just the appetizer.
“It’s always fun playing a villain,” Pfeiffer says. “The challenge is finding the humanity in a character like Queen Ingrith, because there is always the option of just playing it all one color and just being pure evil, but my favorite villains always have a humanity about them so that you kind of feel sorry for them while hating them at the same time.”
Pfeiffer continues, “Queen Ingrith is damaged and has been betrayed by a lot of the men in her life, but she’s got her eye on the goal and nothing will get in the way of that…nothing.”
Jolie is glad Pfeiffer didn’t try to make the character too redeeming. “She went dark, and she went for it with no apologies,” laughs Jolie. “Michelle is a very good person and a wonderful mother. Because she is the opposite of the queen and actually values who she is and how she holds herself, she is able to commit to playing the villainy with gusto…and it comes across with a nice icy elegance.”
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” opens in theaters October 18.