It appears the start of filming on Maleficent 2 is not yet imminent. Omega Underground had earlier reported an April 16 start date but that obviously is not true. Neither of the trades had a specific date with Variety just reporting that it is "set to start in 2018."
IMDb has revised The One and Only Ivan's status to "filming" as it has apparently already started production in London. Not having read the book, I don't know how big a role Angelina's character, Stella, plays and how much interaction she has with the young stars. Even though she does not appear on screen, she likely needs to film the scenes where Stella talks to one of the young stars with them so they can play off her. Unlike seasoned actors, they can't just as easily imagine she is there and conversing with them. She is also a producer.
Ed Skrein Lands Villain Role in ‘Maleficent’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)
“Deadpool” actor Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s “Maleficent” sequel.
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are returning to starring in the fantasy film, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” helmer Joachim Ronning to direct.
Exact details behind Skrein’s villain role are currently under wraps.
Joe Roth is producing the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest script. Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster wrote prior drafts.
It is not clear where this film will pick up following the first movie, which was based on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” The original story centered on an evil fairy who cursed an infant princess to eternal sleep, only to realize the young girl was the only one who could save the kingdom from its dangerous ruler. “Maleficent” broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million worldwide.
Production on the sequel is set to start in 2018.
Skrein, who broke out as Ryan Reynolds nemesis in the first “Deadpool, is also known for his role as Daario Naharis in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” His upcoming projects include Robert Rodriguez’s “Alita: Battle Angel,” which James Cameron is producing, and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
He is repped by CAA and 42.
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are set to return for the follow-up of the 2014 hit that grossed $758 million at the global box office https://t.co/PkM8aKaZJ1— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 17, 2018
Angelina Jolie will return to star as the famed Disney villain.
Ed Skrein is stepping into the Disney kingdom.
He will play the villain opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent sequel. Jolie and Elle Fanning are set return for the follow-up of the 2014 hit that grossed $758 million at the global box office.
Pirates 5 filmmaker Joachim Ronning will direct the feature that centers on the Sleeping Beauty antagonist. Joe Roth will produce the follow-up, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton working on the screenplay.
After a brief Game of Thrones stint, Skrein's break out role came as the main villain in 2016's Deadpool. He will next be seen in Fox's tentpole for Alita: Battle Angel, playing (you guessed it) a villain. Skrerin also earned praise last year when he stepped aside from a role in the Hellboy reboot to allow an actor of Asian descent to play the part of Major Ben Daimio, who in the comic books is Asian. Daniel Dae Kim later stepped into the role.
Skrein is repped by CAA and the U.K.'s 42.