In efforts to produce a film starring the best cheekbones in the business, Maleficent 2 has officially added Michelle Pfeiffer to the starring cast as Queen Ingrith along side Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. News came from a set photo posted by Walt Disney Studios, confirming that the film has entered production. Pfeiffer has been “in talks” with the studio since late April, in which the film has also added Ed Skrein, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Robert Lindsay to the cast.
This will not be Pfeiffer’s first foray in the dark fantasy genre, having starred in films such as cult hit Stardust and the maligned movie reboot of Dark Shadows. However, this will be surprisingly be the first time Jolie and Pfeiffer have joined the screen together (who share 5 Academy Award Nominations between them). Add rising star Elle Fanning, who also posted some set photos on social media, to the mix and we have a film starring the 3 of the best working actresses today. After taking a 4 year break, Pfeiffer has been busy appearing in films Mother!, Where is Kyra, and Murder on the Orient Express with her set to appear in Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp as well. With this resurgence, dare I say we are in the midst of a…Pfeiffersance?
News of the casting and production for Maleficent 2 were met with an official plot synopsis, picking up several years after the first:
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.
No release date for Maleficent 2 has been announced yet, which we’ll probably have to wait a few months to find out. Probably the same time we get the announcement of the Maleficent/Huntsman crossover we’ve all been clamoring for so Pfeiffer, Jolie, and Charlize Theron can square off for facial structure domination (we can dream, right?).