The cast of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” winged their way to Hollywood for the sequel’s star-studded world premiere Monday night.
Lead actresses Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning held court along with franchise newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer and Chitwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet of Disney’s El Capitan Theatre.
Jolie stopped to speak with the Daily News, explaining why she believes her character resonates with audiences.
“I think she’s just very true to herself, and I think sometimes a lot of people in this life sometimes can’t be completely true to themselves, right? They think, ‘Maybe I need to be a little different.’ But then they realize, especially as they grow older, they must be true to themselves," she said.
"You have to be everything that you really are and just enjoy every minute of it,” she said.
“I enjoyed the scenes with Angie where we get to bicker with each other a little bit more. We’re like an old married couple. It’s good fun,” actor Sam Riley, who plays Maleficent’s sidekick Diaval, told The News as he made his way into the theater.
He praised Jolie for exiting her SUV ahead of the media crush to greet the hundreds of “Maleficent” fans lining Hollywood Blvd.
“She doesn’t do what’s conventional or what’s expected. She does whatever feels right,” he said.
“It was incredible to work with this cast, particularly Angelina. It was great to see a woman front and center in the middle of her own power," actress Judi Shekoni, who plays Maleficent’s friend Shrike, told The News.
"She’s a producer on the movie as well. She was taking care of things behind the scenes and in front of the camera at the same time,” Shekoni said. “She’s really at her best.”
The British actress recalled her 2 a.m. call times to start her arduous daily makeup and costuming process.
“That’s still technically the day before,” she joked.
“I’m just excited to see Angelina and Michelle Pfeiffer act. They’re incredible. I’m not just watching for fun, I’m watching it to study them,” actress Sofia Wylie from the Disney Channel series “Andi Mack” told The News.
“The first ‘Maleficent’ movie was like a beautiful snow globe. It was a gorgeous little world. Now we’re looking in another direction. Everything is new,” the sequel’s production designer Patrick Tatopoulos told The News.
“It’s a very different movie. It’s almost like an explosion. I come from dark movies like ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman.’ I really made a point to make this movie brighter,” he said.
The sequel, set to open Oct. 18, is a follow-up to the 2014 box office hit that revamped “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of its misunderstood villain.
The first “Maleficent” ended with the titular character, played by Jolie, regaining her wings as her goddaughter Aurora, played by Fanning, became queen of the unified fairy and human kingdoms.
The sequel, according to Disney, centers on Maleficent and Aurora questioning the ties that bind their two worlds.
The pair’s bond is especially threatened by Aurora’s planned marriage to Prince Phillip, played by Harris Dickinson this time around.
“Love doesn’t always end well, beastie,” Maleficent warns Aurora in a visually stunning trailer released in July.
“There is no union,” she booms in another scene as blasts of sorcery erupt from her black wings. “There will be no wedding!”
Ejiofor’s new character debuts in the visually rich trailer as another winged creature guarding the Moors in the flick directed by Joachim Ronning.