Still no specific production start date.
Pfeiffer is unlikely to be an "evil" queen because she would outrank Skrein and would then be the main villain. She may play Princess Aurora's grandmother, looking after her now-orphaned granddaughter. A benevolent queen.
Since M2 isn't yet ready to start, no clue now as to whether they're still in L.A. or back in the U.K. or somewhere else.
Michelle Pfeiffer is joining Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent sequel.
Pfeiffer, who will play a queen in the film, joins fellow franchise newcomer Ed Skrein, known for his work in Deadpool. Elle Fanning is set to return for the follow-up to the 2014 hit that grossed $758 million at the global box office.
Plot details are being kept locked away in a tower, and it is currently unclear if the sequel will pick up where the original left off. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-helmer Joachim Ronning will direct the feature that centers on the Sleeping Beauty antagonist. Joe Roth will produce the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton working on the screenplay.
Pfeiffer, who is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hirsch Wallerstein, was last seen in Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express and next stars in Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Michelle Pfeiffer in talks to join Angelina Jolie in #Maleficent2 (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/oN0c9PTIvP pic.twitter.com/71ciPwJzY4— Variety (@Variety) April 27, 2018
Michelle Pfeiffer is in advanced talks to join Disney’s sequel of its hit “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.
Ed Skrein is also on board to join the cast, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” helmer Joachim Ronning set to direct.
If a deal closes, Pfeiffer is on board to play the queen in the movie.
Joe Roth is producing the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest script. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster wrote the most recent draft.
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.
After taking some time off, Pfeiffer has been busy in the past year, starting with her Emmy-nominated role in the HBO movie “Wizard of Lies,” where she played Bernie Madoff’s wife, Ruth. She followed that up with scene-stealing roles in Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Pfeiffer can be seen next in Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” her first comic-book role since her famous turn as Catwoman in “Batman Returns.”
She is repped by CAA and Management 360.