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Angelina Jolie to return for Maleficent 2 as Disney announces more live-action fairytales


Story by Jack Foley

ANGELINA Jolie will return as the fairy Maleficent in a sequel to Disney’s 2014 box-office smash.

Maleficent 2 is one of several live-action sequels and remakes that draw on the studio’s animated back catalogue.

In addition, Emma Stone will play the Disney villain Cruella de Vil in an origins story about the hound-hating star of the 101 Dalmatians movies, titled simply Cruella, while there will also be new versions of Tinker Bell (with Reese Witherspoon), Dumbo (directed by Tim Burton) and Mary Poppins (with Emily Blunt).

A sequel to current hit The Jungle Book is also in the works with original director Jon Favreau set to return.

In addition to bringing back Jolie, the Maleficent sequel will also see Linda Woolverton returning to screenwriting duties.

Disney released no further details about the project.

But the plot will surely expand on the original, which fleshed out the tragic backstory of the character that was introduced in the studio’s 1959 animated musical Sleeping Beauty. Directed by Robert Stromberg, the first film grossed $758m at the global box office despite indifferent reviews.

Related: Read our Maleficent interview with Angelina Jolie

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