The sequel to the 2014 hit film is now in production, Disney has revealed via Twitter, where it made Pfeiffer's casting official.
The Oscar-nominated actress will play Queen Ingrith, Entertainment Weekly is reporting. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will reprise their roles from the first film.
Separately, co-star Fanning took to Instagram to post some pictures to celebrate the start of work on the film.
“It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!” Fanning wrote next to the first photo with her and Jolie in the background. “Ultimate Photobomb #Maleficent2,” she writes in the second, with Jolie hiding behind her (Jolie’s Maleficent horns visible).
Maleficent was a live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, retold from the point of view of Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis.
Joachim Ronning, (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), will direct Maleficent 2. A release date has yet to be set.
Meanwhile, Uma Thurman will star in Chambers, another supernatural drama from Netflix.
Chambers, created by Leah Rachel, centers on a young heart attack survivor who becomes obsessed with the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the more she learns about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased, some of which are troubling and sinister.
Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vols. I & II) plays Nancy, the mother of the heart donor who reluctantly forges a relationship with the young recipient, only to find out her daughter may not be as dead as she thought. She also can be seen (and heard sporting an odd villainous accent) in the upcoming YA horror thriller Down a Dark Hall.
Rachel will executive-produce the show with Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) and Akela Cooper (Luke Cage, The 100, American Horror Story). All three will serve as co-showrunners, according to Netflix.