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Walt Disney Records: "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" music by Geoff Zanelli

Walt Disney Records releases Maleficent: Mistress of Evil digital soundtrack featuring score by Emmy® Award-winning composer  Geoff Zanelli. The soundtrack also features the end-credit song, “You Can’t Stop the Girl,” performed by Warner Records recording artist Bebe Rexha.   The soundtrack is available today from Walt Disney Records as the film opens in U.S. theaters nationwide.

Composer Geoff Zanelli is a standout in the film and television scoring industry, garnering accolades and recognition for his diverse musical voice.  Zanelli frequently collaborates with Disney, his films with them include “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Christopher Robin.”  Some of his other most notable titles include Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West,” for which he won an Emmy Award, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures’ “Disturbia,” Lionsgate’s “Mortdecai,” HBO’s “The Pacific” and Screen Gem’s “The Intruder.”

Director Joachim Rønning brought Geoff Zanelli on board to write the music. The composer sees his music score as the element in a film that bridges the space between the screen and the audience. “That is true in any movie, really, but especially with fantasy movies where the film relies on the audience being able to suspend their disbelief,” Zanelli says.

Having previously worked together on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Zanelli knew what Rønning was looking for and since this was a sequel, he also knew the score needed to take the reins from where the first story left off and expand on that. “In this movie the score is there to really push the boundaries out further, to tell a more epic story set in the world everyone loved from the first film,” he says.

In Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton, written by Linda Woolverton and Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue and produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson. Jeff Kirschenbaum, Matt Smith, Michael Vieira and Linda Woolverton are executive producers.
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