Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning reunite for Maleficent 2; Michelle Pfeiffer joins cast as filming begins on sequel

FP Staff

May 30, 2018 12:36:51 IST

Production has begun on the sequel to smash hit Maleficent, Disney announced on Tuesday, with Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie reprising their roles as Sleeping Beauty and her conflicted surrogate mother.

The movie is being filmed at Pinewood Studios, near London and in locations around Britain, the world's largest movie studio said in statement.

Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning reunite for Maleficent 2; Michelle Pfeiffer joins cast as filming begins on sequel

Elle Fanning teases the movie's first look with Maleficent horns. Image via Instagram

"It's bring your mom to work day on the Maleficent2 set," 20-year-old Fanning joked in an Instagram post that had been shared a quarter of a million times within an hour. Alongside the message, she posted a picture of her in front of a laughing Jolie, who was in the famous Maleficent horns, as well as a pair of sunglasses and a toweling bathrobe.

The Maleficent horns were later revealed to be Angelina Jolie photobombing in the background. Image via Instagram

The Maleficent horns were later revealed to be Angelina Jolie photobombing in the background. Image via Instagram

Maleficent, a modern retelling of the life of Sleeping Beauty's arch-nemesis, cast an instant spell on audiences in 2014, debuting at the top of the North American box office and going on to gross more than $750 million worldwide.

Joining Fanning and Jolie for the latest adventure are Oscar nominees Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Fan reaction on social media was mostly positive, with much of the excitement being generated over the addition of screen legend Pfeiffer, 60, to the cast.

Disney also confirmed that acclaimed British stage and screen actor Robert Lindsay would be among the newcomers, while Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville return from the original movie.

In the sequel, directed by Joachim Ronning, Disney's most notorious villain continues to explore her complex relationship with Princess Aurora, the soon to be queen, as they form alliances against new adversaries.

Disney began scouring its back catalog in the 1990s for animated classics that it could turn into live-action remakes — a strategy that has so far netted several billion dollars.

Variety reported last month that Tim Burton's Dumbo, Guy Ritchie's Aladdin and Jon Favreau's The Lion King are all due for release next year, while The Little Mermaid will see Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame collaborating with legendary Disney composer Alan Menken.

Two remakes of Peter Pan are in the works along with new versions of Fantasia, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Sword in the Stone.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: May 30, 2018 12:42:11 IST