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Production has begun and the cameras are rolling for Disney’s Maleficent II, bringing back a star studded cast and introducing the world to a new royal that may shake things up in the process. The sequel to the live action 2014 villain-sided adaptation of Sleeping Beauty will star the U.K.. Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted, Wanted) and Elle Fanning (The Beguiled, Super 8), reprising their roles as the dark fairy, Maleficent, and the charming Princess Aurora.
Playing Queen Ingrith, the Golden Globe® Award winning, Emmy® nominated and three-time Academy Award® nominated actress,Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express, Ant-Man and the Wasp), is joining the cast in a role that for the time being is shrouded in mystery. She will be joined by Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange, 12 Years a Slave), Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones) and Robert Lindsay (My Family, Wimbledon). Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds, Trust) will be replacing Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Gods of Egypt) as Prince Phillip. Additional cast members reprising their roles from the 2014 film include: Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Control) as Diaval; Oscar® nominee Imelda Staunton (Pride, Harry Potter Series) as the pixie Knotgrass; Juno Temple (Wonder Wheel, Atonement) as the pixie Thistlewit; and Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Topsy-Turvy) as the pixie Flittle.
The film will take place several years after the original story, exploring the complexities between Maleficent and Aurora’s relationship as the princess is soon to be queen. They will form new alliances and face new challenges and foes in their struggle to protect the magical land of the Moors.
Maleficent II is directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kon-Tiki) and written by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast) and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Transparent). The producers for the film are Joe Roth (Alice through the Looking Glass, Oz the Great and Powerful, Maleficent) and Angelina Jolie.
To celebrate the news, Elle Fanning posted behind the scenes photos on set with Angelina Jolie, excited for the next chapter in the Maleficent story.
More details to come, as Disney prepares their latest slate of live action films, including the upcoming feature, Disney’s Christopher Robin, which will be releasing on August 3rd.