– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a solid four years since Maleficent — the live-action reinterpretation of the Sleeping Beauty story — hit theaters, and while it may not have clicked with critics, its $758M box office haul was an indication that many audiences enjoyed what they saw. From that point on, it seemed inevitable that, like Alice in Wonderland before it, Maleficent would be the stepping stone to a sequel that continues the story.

Now, Disney has announced that production has officially begun on Maleficent II. Returning to play the titular Maleficent is Angelina Jolie, and Elle Fanning will also be returning to play the character of Princess Aurora. They will also be joined by many other actors, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay, and Harris Dickinson. Returning from the first film are Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.

Helming this new film is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-director Joachim Rønning, and the film is being shot from a script by Beauty and the Beast scribe Linda Woolverton and Transparent’s Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster.

Below is the official synopsis for the flick:

“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.”

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SOURCE: Disney

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.