Production has officially begun on the sequel to Disney's 2014 hit "Maleficent," with cast members both old and new converging on the film's London set this week.
Disney announced the start of filming on "Maleficent II" in a tweet on Tuesday, sharing a snap of three chairs emblazoned with the names of the movie's main protagonists: the returning Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), as well as new character Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer).
— Disney (@Disney) May 29, 2018
The studio also released some additional details about the flick, including a list of new actors joining the fold: Harris Dickinson (playing Prince Phillip, Aurora's love interest in "Sleeping Beauty"), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein (reportedly playing a villain), and Robert Lindsay. Returning cast members from the first film are Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.
Fanning celebrated the production kickoff with a series of silly snaps on Instagram, featuring her famous horned costar.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that some footage of these photos being taken winds up on the film's eventual blooper reel.
Here's the flick's official 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.
No word yet on when "Maleficent II" is due in theaters. Stay tuned.
As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king's successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora -- realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom. Read More