Disney fans have become numb to the studio reaching milestone after milestone. As Disney continues to grow, develop and produce, it becomes hard to remember that other studios even exist!
With a grossing of $7.67 billion at the box office so far this year, Disney has surpassed the previous record of $7.61 billion in 2016 (also set by Disney…of course).
Disney beat itself at its own game largely due to the release of Avengers: Endgame, which premiered on April 22 and has since become the highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing Avatar, never mind other hits such as Aladdinand Captain Marvel.
With more recent releases, such The Lion Kingand Toy Story 4, that $7.67 billion will surely continue to grow and grow, and we still have five month left this year!
Disney offered an insider preview when production began last May, calling the film:
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, Maleficent II 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.
Now, the film is back in our movie-going consciousness with a cool new poster:
Isn’t it snazzy?
Angelina Jolie, the star of the film, first hinted at a sequel back in 2014 in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter with a sly “maybe I’ll get the chance to play her again.”
Then we had to wait until April 25, 2016 for Disney to finally give us the official word; in the originalVariety report, Disney also confirmed Jungle Book 2 (where is that, Disney?) and Mary Poppins 2 (remember that this past December?).
Once Joachim Rønning was brought on board as director—replacing Robert Stromberg—we got the hint that filming was expected to start in the first quarter of 2018.
In April,Variety dropped an exclusive—Ed Skrein (who played Ajax in Deadpool) was cast as the film’s villain, and, in May, they also offered up an exciting announcement that Harris Dickinson had replaced Brenton Thwaites in the role of Prince Phillip.
Image Via Den of Geek
There have been other actors announced to be in the film, including Chiwetel Ejiofor—who will voice Scar in the 2019 remake of The Lion King. Hopefully, we have more news before the film comes out, but personally I don’t want any spoilers until October 18, 2019 when Angelina Jolie is back up on the big screen wearing the iconic horns of a big bad from Disney’s classics.