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  • Screenwriter Linda Woolverton returned to write the sequel with Angelina Jolie reprising her title role, with Elle Fanning reprising Aurora. Joe Roth returned as the producer.
  • Harris Dickinson took over the role of Prince Phillip from Brenton Thwaites due to scheduling conflicts with Titans (2018). As such, Thwaites missed the opportunity to work again with director Joachim Rønning, as they had previously collaborated on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
  • Second film in the lineup of Disney remakes to star Chiwetel Ejiofor, after The Lion King (2019), released three months prior.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor and Angelina Jolie's second collaboration after Salt (2010).
  • This is the first theatrically released live-action Disney sequel not released over a decade after its predecessor to recast one of the live-action cast members, which applies to Brenton Thwaites, as well as the third live-action Disney sequel of all time to do so, following the straight-to-video/DVD live-action films Inspector Gadget 2 (2003) with Matthew Broderick and George of the Jungle 2 (2003) with Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, and Holland Taylor.
  • On March 6, 2019, Disney released the first teaser poster featuring Maleficent, along with a new release date for the film set for Friday, October 18, 2019. The film was originally scheduled to open seven months later on May 29, 2020.
  • With the addition of this film, there is a grand total of 10 films released by Disney in 2019.
  • This is the fourth live-action adaptation releasing in 2019 from Disney, which is based from the studios' animated classics.
  • Released on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the original Sleeping Beauty (1959).
  • The title "Mistress of Evil" was used for some foreign language versions of the first Maleficent (2014) film, which may explain why many countries opted to use the film's alternative title, 'Maleficent 2,' dropping the subtitle altogether.
  • In the trailer, Maleficent's magic is green, which in the previous Maleficent (2014), was only the case if she was evil. While it could be editing to throw the audience off, it could indicate Maleficent has turned down a dark path.
  • The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Angelina Jolie; and four Oscar nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
  • This is the second sequel to a Disney live-action adaptation of an animated film not to have its music score composed by the same composer as its predecessor (James Newton Howard scored the previous film while Geoff Zanelli took over for this film) after 102 Dalmatians (2000) (which was scored by David Newman).
  • The first film that Joachim Rønning has worked on without usual co-director Espen Sandberg.
  • This is Angelina Jolie's first live-action movie role since By the Sea (2015).
  • This is Disney's fourth film to be Specially Formatted for IMAX (1.90:1), since Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), which was also directed by Joachim Rønning. Other Disney films that have been formatted for IMAX's expanded aspect ratio include Tomorrowland (2015) and Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • With a run time of 118 minutes (1 hour and 58 minutes), this film is 21 minutes longer than Maleficent (2014), which has a run time of 97 minutes (1 hour and 37 minutes)
  • Maleficent's line, "What an awkward situation" was also said in the first Maleficent (2014).
  • Conall tells Maleficent, "Remember who you are," which is a line spoken by Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King (1994)/The Lion King (2019).
  • According to Rotten Tomatoes this sequel has 5% lower than its predecessor. Maleficent (2014) got 50% RT and the sequel only got 46% on RT.
  • Produced with the support of the British Film Commission and the UK Government's Film Tax Relief, with the participation of the Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit.
  • The filmmakers wish to thank: Jeffrey Chernov.
  • American Humane monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed®. (AHD 08790).
  • This film marks the first appearance of RK Films' vanity card, but however, it is shorten begins with the dinner zooms to the flickering of the logo.
  • Queen Ingrith's Costume is Based on Queen Henrietta Maria of France, Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo and Anne of Denmark According to Ellen Mirojnick: "The Castle and Costume Design isn't so medieval it is more like the early modern period" which is from 1550 to 1750 and Costumes are based on England, France, Germany, Scotland.

Spoilers

  • Released in the same year as X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), another film that also features dark phoenix in its plot.
  • This is the fourth time that Michelle Pfeiffer played a villain. The first being Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992) (though Catwoman is more of an antihero than flat out villain), the second time being Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (2007) and the third time being Lamia in Stardust (2007). (Ingrid Magnussen in White Oleander (2002) also displays somewhat villainous qualities.)
  • When Aurora walks down the aisle at the end of the movie, the fairies argue as they change the colour of Aurora's wedding dress with magic. In Sleeping Beauty (1959), the fairies similarly argued over the colour of Aurora/Briar Rose's dress they are creating.
  • The brass fanfare played immediately prior to the announcement/invitation to the Moors of Aurora's and Philip's wedding is from the beginning of the fourth/last movement of the Symphony #8 in G Major by the Czech composer, Antonín Dvorák (with the scoring slightly modified for the movie).
  • A royal household would use gold or (less ostentatiously) silver cutlery, thus the iron cutlery which hurts Maleficent is due to Ingrith's villainy.
  • Having Michelle Pfeiffer's character turn into a goat at the end of the film may be a nod to Stardust (2007) in which her character (a witch) turns another character into a goat.
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