Here’s your first look at Angelina Jolie & Elle Fanning as Maleficent & Aurora on the set of “Maleficent II.” pic.twitter.com/oxdrCaiRh3— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) May 29, 2018
#Maleficent2, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer, is now in production. pic.twitter.com/bQ0oVaeI2k— Maleficent (@Maleficent) May 29, 2018
#Maleficent2, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer, is now in production. pic.twitter.com/08CQO3FApS— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) May 29, 2018
JUST ANNOUNCED: #Maleficent2, the enchanting fantasy adventure starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer, is now in production: https://t.co/7DPJMjeEbx pic.twitter.com/V0IizSaSzN— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) May 29, 2018
One of Disney’s most iconic villains is returning to cast her magic over Disney fans everywhere. Production has begun at Pinewood Studios and locations around the U.K. on Maleficent II, the enchanting sequel to 2014’s Maleficent. Picking up several years after the original film explored the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie returns to reprise the title role, along with Elle Fanning reprising her role as the lovely Princess Aurora. Joining the two are Golden Globe® Award-winning, Emmy®-nominated and three-time Academy Award®-nominated actress Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Queen Ingrith; along with Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, 12 Years a Slave), Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones), and Robert Lindsay (My Family, Wimbledon). Additionally, Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds, Trust) joins Maleficent II as the charming Prince Phillip.
Maleficent II is directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kon-Tiki) and written by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast) and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Transparent). The producers are Joe Roth (Alice through the Looking Glass, Oz the Great and Powerful, Maleficent) and Angelina Jolie.
This new fantasy-adventure continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon-to-be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.
Just as Maleficent II starts production, it has been confirmed that Robert Lindsay (Wimbledon) is joining the cast, and that Chiwetel Ejiofor is definitely attached. The 12 Years a Slave was previously in talks.
Maleficent II cameras are rolling at the UK Pinewood studios with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprising their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora. The characters were based off those in the animated Sleeping Beauty classic.
Also starring and previously announced are Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Ed Skrein and Harris Dickinson as Prince Phillip. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning is helming off a script by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster. Producers are Joe Roth and Jolie.
Additional cast members returning from the 2014 film include: Sam Riley (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” “Control”) as Diaval; Oscar® nominee Imelda Staunton (“Pride,” the “Harry Potter” films) as the pixie Knotgrass; Juno Temple (“Wonder Wheel,” “Atonement”) as the pixie Thistlewit; and Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread,” “Topsy-Turvy”) as the pixie Flittle.
A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, “Maleficent II” continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.
The first Maleficent opened on May 30 four years ago and amassed more than $750M at the WW B.O.
First Look! Angelina Jolie Reunites with Elle Fanning in Maleficent 2 — and Michelle Pfeiffer Joins https://t.co/fwy03OoCoS— People (@people) May 29, 2018
The 42-year-old actress, director and activist is officially in London filming Maleficent 2 — the sequel to her blockbuster 2014 movie that raked in more than more than $750 million worldwide and earned praise for Jolie.
Jolie is joined by Elle Fanning, who is reprising her role as Princess Aurora, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The legendary actress is joining the film as Queen Ingrith, setting up some epic scenes between her and Jolie’s dark fairy, Maleficent. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Harris Dickinson are also joining the film, while Oscar nominee Lesley Manville reprises her role as the pixie Flittle.
The sequel picks up a few years after the first movie’s events and follows Maleficent and Aurora as they work together to protect the realm and all its creatures. Fanning helped announce the news with a funny selfie of her and Jolie on set.
“It’s bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!” Fanning captioned the shot.
She also posted another silly selfie of her standing in front of Jolie and the unmistakable horns.
“Ultimate Photobomb #Maleficent2,” Fanning wrote.
Jolie’s return to the live-action Disney villainess marks her first onscreen appearance since her 2015 role in By the Sea. The family-friendly set is filled with kids as Jolie’s brood — Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivenne — are all doing their work in a school trailer.
The actress and activist has kept busy since with her humanitarian work and directing 2017’s First They Killed My Father. She’s also executive produced movies like the Oscar-nominated animated film The Breadwinner.
The movie also reunites Jolie with Fanning, who played the older version of Princess Aurora, after the two grew close during filming.
“I’m a very excited person I think, and I laugh a lot, so maybe that’s it,” Fanning told PEOPLE at the time of Jolie’s affection for her.
And the two had an immediate connection on set when they first met.
“When we first met, she gave me this huge hug,” Fanning said. “I think we’re huggers. That was how it all started.”
Jolie previously teased she would be returning to her old role in September 2017 and even gave insight at a Toronto International Film Festival discussion of her career that month on how she perfected the chilling voice. The 2014 movie featured the sweet appearance of her youngest daughter Vivienne as a young Sleeping Beauty.
“When I knew I was going to Maleficent I thought, ‘I have to train, I’m not good enough. I’m not ready,’ ” she said. “The accent and everything about her was discovered when I was giving my kids baths. I think I tried 17 different things on them. They would say, ‘What are you doing? Mom, stop talking so weird.’ One day I just got really nutty and did [the voice] and they fell over laughing. I did it all night long and I finally found it.”
- nailsbyemikudo I am glad that her Maleficent nails are looking still good! 👀 ✨
- we did gels for the first time, and will try custom press ons to maintain the look.
My first batch was sent out to the set of GB yesterday!
- The prop rings she wore onscreen for Maleficent were always big, extravagant pieces -- and she usually wore them on the index finger of her right hand (see Deadline photo above). What she is wearing on her left index finger is unmistakably a band. It is too simple to be a prop and Maleficent does not have any reason to wear a band. So it is her band. It may be the same one she wore in Telluride, except that time it was on the middle finger of her right hand. This time, she has it on the index finger of her left hand. She appears to also have a ring on her left ring finger. She has not worn a ring on that finger since Sept. 2016. She may have swapped the two since what she has on her ring finger cannot be seen when she is flashing a peace sign.
- They gave People the tidbit that all the children are on set and have a school trailer that effectively refutes the latest round of tabloid concoctions. They apparently also put in a request that the article not mention anything about the divorce filing.
- Per the post of her L.A.-based manicurist, she hasn't had her Maleficent nails redone since that first time after Mother's Day. Either that was her last trip to L.A. or she made one more trip but was too busy to have them done. Or she simply had them done by someone else in the U.K.