Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to play the Queen in “Maleficent” sequel, joining Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning who will both be reprising their roles from the first movie.
Aside from Pfeiffer, “Deadpool” star Ed Skrein has officially signed on and will be playing the villain role in the sequel.
Production is expected to begin this year, but it is not known how the sequel will continue from the original movie or how it will tie into the “Sleeping Beauty” tale.
The upcoming sequel is set to be directed by “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Joachim Ronning, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton working on the screenplay.
“Maleficent” is a modern twist on “Sleeping Beauty” that grossed $758 million at the global box office, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2014 and the highest-grossing film starring Angelina Jolie.
Pfeiffer next upcoming film will be Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” her second comic book role after Catwoman in “Batman Returns.”