‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Director Joachim Rønning on Angelina Jolie and Taking Over Franchises | Video

”It’s kind of a blessing and a curse,“ the Norwegian filmmaker says of directing sequels

When Joachim Rønning stepped in to direct “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” the sequel to Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent,” he quickly learned that the story of Aurora and her godmother was one close to the actress’ heart.

“She’s very hands-on as a producer, as the star of the film, the keeper of the film and she’s Maleficent!” Rønning told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven, noting that the Oscar winner was “relentless” in her dedication to the project. “We worked very hard for months and months on the script with the writers and [on] the angel of her horns, the shape of her wings — the color of her lips is hours and hours of work! I never thought I’d know that much about red lipstick!”

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Thom Geier

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