Disney confirmed that Angelina Jolie will return in Maleficent 2, which is a sequel to the 2014 blockbuster film. The 40-year-old actress played the lead character in the movie, which has drawn its inspiration from the classic animated film Sleeping Beauty. Instead of focusing on the beautiful princess, the story highlighted the life of the evil godmother.
According to USA Today, the sequel will be written by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the first movie, but the release date remains unknown. Last year, there were rumors suggesting that a sequel to Maleficent was in the works.
The Wrap was the first one to report that Woolverton was in talks to write the screenplay of Maleficent 2, and Jolie is expected to reprise her role. The website also claimed that the film will be produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg.
Due to the unsuccessful outcome of the Tomb Raider sequel, Angelina Jolie has become more hesitant when it comes to doing a second installment. She actually turned down a sequel to Wanted and Salt. However, Maleficent may be an exception to the rule since it earned approximately $760 million worldwide. Brad Pitt’s wife also showed interest when asked about on doing a sequel.
“Possibly,” Angie told USA Today. “I don’t know. I enjoyed it. I just feel like we did this one thoroughly and I don’t think there’d be another. I feel like this is the one, if I was going to ever do a Disney one, this is the one I wanted to do. And I think we’ve done it well.”
Apart from Angelina Jolie, there are other famous female celebrities who are starring in Disney remakes. According to Movie Pilot, Emma Stone will portray Cruella de Vil in the reboot of 101 Dalmatians. There is no definite release date yet for Cruella, but SG Posters shared a concept poster for the movie adaptation on Twitter, which showed the 27-year-old actress as the villain when she was still younger.
Glenn Close played the role of Cruella de Vil in the 1996 version of 101 Dalmatians. What’s missing in the Stone’s photo was the white streak in her hair. The film may probably show how she would end up getting white hair.
If Angelina Jolie showed a different side to the evil godmother in Maleficent, Reese Witherspoon is going to reveal the life of Peter Pan’s adorable sidekick Tinker Bell. Reports about the 40-year-old actress headlining the Disney live-action adaptation Tink started last year.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be produced by Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. The screenplay will be written by Finding Dory scriptwriter Victoria Strouse. The fairy doesn’t speak in the Peter Pan story written by J.M. Barrie, but fans of this character may finally hear her speak and get to know more about her in Tink.
Joining Disney’s roster of Hollywood beauties is Emily Blunt, who will be filling in the shoes of Julie Andrews in the remake of Mary Poppins. Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda will also star in the reboot, which will be directed by Rob Marshall. The 1964 musical comedy is filled with singing and dancing, so some people may expect to see the 33-year-old actress and 33-year-old stage actor follow in the original’s footsteps.
It seems that Disney is taking advantage of the success of its remakes, including the newly released The Jungle Book, which was adapted from the 1967 animated film. According to Variety, the sequel was directed by Jon Favreau and written by Justin Marks.
The website shared Disney’s release dates, but there’s no definite movie per date yet. Check out the dates below:
July 28, 2017: Untitled Fairy Tale
April 6, 2018: Untitled Fairy Tale
August 3, 2018: Untitled Live Action
December 25, 2018: Untitled Live Action
December 20, 2019: Untitled Fairy Tale
There are three date options for Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent 2, but hopefully, it would happen next year so fans wouldn’t have to wait that long.
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