It’s a big week for “Maleficent” fans, Disney has confirmed that the sequel has finally gone into production and revealed a few famous names from the cast-list. “Maleficent II” is currently scheduled to release sometime in 2019, but hopefully we will get a teaser-trailer this fall.
First things first, Elle Fanning will once again return to the franchise to play Aurora, so fans can expect to see her in the follow-up. Fanning will be joined by Angelina Jolie, who played the titular role in the original “Maleficent” live-action movie, and the duo will once again reunite on the big-screen. Disney has also confirmed that Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville will reprise their roles as the pixies Knotgrass, Thistlewhit, and Flittle, respectively.
The big news from Disney this week is that this time around Michelle Pfeiffer will be joining the cast, and she will play Queen Ingrith.
Other names on the list are Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein. The movie will be directed by Joachim Rønning, who is new to the franchise.
The original “Maleficent” released back in 2014, and it soon sparked an entire genre of live-action Disney remakes. The film did wonderfully in theaters at the time, opening at number one with a $69M debut. The live-action film then went on to make over $241M domestically, before grossing over $758M worldwide. The first film in the franchise was directed by Robert Stromberg, and also featured Sharlto Copley and Brenton Thwaites.
Other live-action hits from Disney include “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast,” the combined total gross for just those two films is well over $1.6B.
Disney has started casting the upcoming live-action “Mulan” film, and the “Cruella” film. Chinese actress Liu Yifei is set to play the live-action Mulan, and Emma Stone is expected to play the role of Cruella.
Other live-action Disney films on the way are the upcoming “Christopher Robin” story; a “Dumbo” with popular Director Tim Burton; the “Lion King” with a treasure trove of popular celebs in it; and a new “Aladdin”.
We still don’t have a release date for “Maleficent II,” the original was released as a late May blockbuster, but we should know more when the first teaser images start appearing on social-media.