Michelle Pfieffer in 'advanced talks' to join Angelina Jolie in Maleficent sequel

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Apr 27, 2018

The always welcome Michelle Pfeiffer will soon be back on movie screens in the MCU's Ant-Man and the Wasp, marking her first return to the world of comic book movies since her acclaimed turn as Selina Kyle in 1992's Batman Returns. And it's possible that she may keep this new genre train rolling along.

Variety is reporting today that Pfeiffer is in "advanced talks" to appear alongside Angelina Jolie in Disney's sequel to Maleficent. That 2014 film re-imagined the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, and told it from the perspective of the title character, who (in the retelling) wasn't really a villain at all. Elle Fanning played Aurora in that film, and is also set to return for the sequel.

Deadpool villain Ed Skrein has already joined the cast of the film being directed by Joachim Ronning, who recently captained DIsney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. If Pfeiffer joins up, Variety reports that she will play a queen.

Maleficent made $758.5 million worldwide, and was a part of Disney's new tradition of turning their animated movies into live-action films. It currently holds a score of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, with most critics having plenty of love for Jolie's performance — just not for the film itself.

It is unclear what the story of Maleficent 2 (if it's to be called that) will entail — the first film went through all of the story from the original animated Sleeping Beauty, but it also added a great deal of lore having to do with Maleficent and other mythical creatures. Since Fanning's Aurora ended the film in the care and mentorship of Maleficent, back home in her mystical forest, the sequel could potentially be about their continuing adventures.

Whatever the story is, it will apparently involve a queen of some kind. Here's hoping that queen ends up being played by Pfieffer, because she and Jolie would likely light up the screen together.

Does the idea of a Michelle Pfeiffer-infused Maleficent sequel make you more excited about it? Is it a purrrr-fect idea, or does it sting like a wasp? Let us know in the comments!

(via Variety)