Can Angelina Jolie be convinced to reprise her portrayal as Maleficent in a sequel to the 2014 film? That seems to be the question of the day.
Disney is moving forward with plans to produce a sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, and the production company has already enlisted Linda Woolverton, the writer of the original film, to begin penning the proposed continuation of Maleficent. Deadline reports that this project has been moving forward in full cooperation with Angelina, and that the role of Maleficent is being written especially for Ms. Jolie to reprise.
Officially, there has been no word that Ms. Jolie plans to return as Maleficent, and this wouldn’t be the first time Angelina has had a hand in developing sequels to her films in which she didn’t reprise her former characters. Jolie was involved in the sequels for both Salt and Wanted, yet didn’t return to those films for on-screen roles.
While Angelina Jolie hasn’t agreed to return, Disney is hopeful, and Ms. Jolie couldn’t seem to stop raving about the first Maleficent film, following its release.
“I loved being Maleficent,” Angelina told E! Online last year. “I was quite sad to put my staff down and put my horns away because somehow, she just lives in a different world.”
Even so, Ms. Jolie said that she looked forward to her own rehearsals for that film because it allowed her the opportunity to take the props home, where Angelina was often seen in character by her family.
“But I did have to take my staff home to practice walking with it in my cloak, and then I would go outside and scream at the bushes to expand my voice and play with my voice. So, mom was a bit nutso for a period.”
Angelina wasn’t the only one in the household to be gripped by Maleficent-mania. Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt each appeared in Maleficent scenes while their younger siblings were also seen briefly in the film.
“The idea of that day was the prince and princesses from around the world show up for the christening, so there will people of all races, all creeds. It was Pax and his teacher, who is Vietnamese, playing the Vietnamese Queen and Prince and then Zahara and her teacher playing the African or Nubian queen and princess. I love that christening scene so much and of course we’ve watched it at home [in the animated film] as a family. I had to walk by them being very mean. Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them.”
If the Jolie-Pitt children have anything to say about it, Ms. Jolie will be encouraged to sign up for another go around as the dark fairy Maleficent. It would definitely be difficult to see another take over a role brought to life so exquisitely by Angelina Jolie’s unique performances.
Currently, both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are finishing work on By the Sea, a drama written and directed by Ms. Jolie.
[Featured image: Angelina Jolie courtesy of Disney/Maleficent]