The MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL has had its grandeur World Premiere at El Capitan Theatre. The dark fairy Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) will reveal much more than just the power of dark side to the movie goers.
But before you see the movie on a big screen, here are some amazing pictures from the Red Carpet event in Hollywood. I love these events as both actors and the public have a chance to meet and even chat and take pictures.
In this story, Aurora and Maleficent spend a fair amount of time apart, giving them a chance to discover who they are without each other, where they are meant to be and what it’s like to live without each other. The Maleficent women’s cast is spectacular!
“It’s almost like the original story, where we go back to our own corners. We go back to she’s the beautiful, good princess and I’m the outcast that is evil and hunted.” – Angelina Jolie
I was lucky to meet Don Hahn the Executive Producer of the first Maleficent movie. It was in 2014.
The Genius of Cast and Storytelling in Maleficent 2
The princess cursed as a child by Maleficent, Aurora (ELLE FANNING), is now Queen of the Moors, a position bestowed on her by her godmother, and is set to wed Prince Phillip. Embodying goodness, kindness and compassion, Aurora’s love for her godmother is unconditional, and it is her pure heart and desire to do good which gives her the strength to face evil.
Even on the Red Carpet, Angelina Jolie looks and walks the graceful Maleficent. I adore that about this great actress.
Queen of Ulstead and Aurora’s future mother‐in‐law, Queen Ingrith (MICHELLE PFEIFFER) is wicked, cunning and selfish. A worthy adversary to the dark fairy Maleficent, she has an evil plan to divide humans and fairies forever.
Strong, fearless, heroic and kind, Conall (CHIWETEL EJIOFOR) is one of the leaders of the dark fey, a band of winged creatures exiled from the human world, who rescues and befriends Maleficent. Having observed the dark fairy for some time, he is an advocate for peace between men and fairies.
Angelina Jolie brought all of her children to the World Premiere of the Maleficent 2. Look how grownup all of the children are! Amazing kids.
The crown prince of Ulstead, Prince Phillip (HARRIS DICKINSON) is the son of King John and Queen Ingrith. His upcoming marriage to Aurora, while intended to unite humans and fairies, is in truth, part of an evil plan conceived by his mother to harm his betrothed.
Aurora is still in love with Prince Philip, played by Harris Dickinson (“Trust,” “The Darkest Minds”), from the neighboring kingdom of Ulstead, and has agreed to marry him. This is cause for much celebration, as the wedding serves to unite the human and fairy worlds. While Philip’s parents are thrilled with news of their son’s engagement, Maleficent is hesitant to embrace the union, knowing all too well the pain that love can bring.
Hair and Makeup in Maleficent 2
Hair and makeup designer Paul Gooch (“Dumbo,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass”) oversaw a department of 44 artists on “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” In addition to doing hair and makeup for the principal and supporting cast, he and his team were tasked with getting hundreds of extras camera‐ready as well.
Angelina Jolie’s makeup was conceptualized by her personal makeup artist, Toni G., who also worked with the actress on the first film. The glamorously wicked look includes chiseled cheekbones, pale skin, perfectly arched eyebrows and one prominent feature from the animated film—the character’s glam red lips—and required two to three hours in the make‐up chair for Jolie every day.
Toni G. was going for a classic 1940s Marlene Dietrich movie‐star look and tried a number of different reds before deciding on M∙A∙C Matte Lipstick Russian Red, which has an intense color and semi‐matte velvety finish and was supplemented with matching lip gloss and liner.
Maleficent’s eye palette included eye liner blended with a deep eye shadow and number seven lashes with a demi across half the eye. These were in addition to the cheek prosthetics, which were applied by Arjen Tuiten, a protégé of Rick Baker, the original mastermind of Maleficent’s signature look.
Costume Design in Maleficent Mistress of Evil
Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (“The Greatest Showman,” “Behind the Candelabra”) created distinct looks for each of the three beautiful, powerful and independent women at the heart of the story.
Her department comprised some of the most talented crafts people working today, including cutters, agers, dyers, textiles artists, prop designers, jewelry creators and buyers. In addition to the numerous outfits created for Maleficent, Aurora and Queen Ingrith, her department was also responsible for dressing close to 600 extras as villagers!
From day one, Mirojnick envisioned the kingdom of Ulstead as a new, bustling and more citified kingdom. With that in mind, she asked herself what would a more modern fairy tale look like in a time period that is somewhere in medieval times but bordering on the Renaissance period with a fresh new spin on it? “With the freedom to create a new era, we broadened our use of fabrications, different colorations and silhouettes,” she says.