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Published On: Wed, May 30th, 2018

‘Maleficent 2’ starts filming, full cast set, could arrive in 2020

Director Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kon-Tiki) has officially started production on Disney Maleficent 2.

The announcement came with the first synopsis for the film along with a full cast list. Here’s the synopsis:

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.

Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will be back to reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively. Other members of the cast back are: Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Control) as Diaval; Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) as the pixie Knotgrass; Juno Temple as the pixie Thistlewit; and Lesley Manville as the pixie Flittle.

Michelle Pfeiffer joins them as Queen Ingrith.

Also joining the production 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 take on the role of Prince Phillip.

Joe Roth is producing the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest script. Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster wrote most recent draft.

Maleficent broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million worldwide. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.

While there is no official release date, Spring 2020 seems likely so April 3, 2020 (a date Disney has earmarked on their calendar) looks like a perfect fit.

Angelina Jolie Maleficent photo Disney Sleeping Beauty

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