Maleficent 2 filming is now officially underway. Disney announced lately that production continued on the live-action sequel to Sleeping Beauty, which has seen Angelina Jolie (Wanted) and Elle Fanning (Super 8) come back to repeat their first movie roles. Pinewood Studios is where filming will be taking in the U.K. Further, the studio has additionally confirmed that the entire cast and has brought out an official synopsis. It reads as follows:
"A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney's most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, Maleficent II continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within."
Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express) also joined the Maleficent 2 cast as Queen Ingrith, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange), Robert Lindsay (Wimbledon) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool). In addition, Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds) teams up with Maleficent II in the character of Prince Phillip, Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Diaval, Imelda Staunton (Pride) as the pixie Knotgrass, Juno Temple (Atonement) as the pixie Thistlewit and the recent nominee for an Academy Award, Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) as the pixie Flittle. This makes for a heavily stacked cast, which is a great area to begin when it comes to a sequel that is taking off over four years after its predecessor arrived in theaters.
The movie is directed by Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) with a screenplay from Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland).
Released in 2014 in the light of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland success, Maleficent has supported Disney's present strategy of re-awakening their animated classics in live-action form as an incredibly successful financial endeavor. In spite of the fact that critics have not been too flattering of it, the movie brought in $758 million worldwide. Ever since this success, the Mouse House has had astounding success with various other similar movies in live-action, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. They have more in-the-making too, including Mulan, Aladdin and The Lion King, to name a mere few.
So, designers. Who can we expect to be envisioning and stitching the enchanting costumes behind the scenes?
Nothing appears set in stone yet, but the first Maleficent's designers may give us a rough indication. These include the London-based designer, Rob Goodwin; Manuel Albarran, a couturier of corsetry, other leather creations, and conceptual metal who'd largely been included in edgy editorials for magazine's, and Justin Smith, a bespoke milliner.
Do you know why we couldn't be happier? Angelina Jolie is returning to the directors chair once again.
If you're not up-to-date with celeb news, Angelina has been turning her efforts to movie directing as of late, working on projects including Unbroken and First They Killed My Father. The last movie she appeared in was 2015's By The Sea, though it was Maleficent that was her definitive big-time part.
Apparently we were supposed to see her in the lead in the remake of the Bride of Frankenstein, though since The Mummy did not do as well as expected, these plans were set aside and she decided to make her come-back in Maleficent 2, instead.
At the moment the sequel does not have a date of release, though there is a high likelihood that Disney will be proposing one soon seeing that production is in motion.
We are far too excited!