In news that sees British actor, Ed Skrein typecast further, it appears that the-once Deadpool villain has entered final talks to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel.
As yet, details as to his character are unknown but both Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are set to return. Norwegian film director Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will direct the follow up to the Fantasy drama.
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As with the lack of Skrein’s character details, no clear plot for the sequel has been revealed either. The original was based on the story fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king’s successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora — realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, the film starred Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville in supporting roles alongside Jolie. It was a commercial success, having grossed over $758 million worldwide, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2014 and the highest-grossing film starring Jolie. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design at the 87th Academy Awards.
Skrein will be seen this year in In Darkness alongside Natalie Dormer, James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel, Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk and Born a King.
Filming is due to start this year.