Angelina Jolie to film Disney in UK
Angelina Jolie will reprise her lead role in Disney’s Maleficent 2, currently settling into early pre-production for a UK shoot next year.
Jolie first played the troubled villain – loosely based on Charles Perrault’s original fairy tale and the Disney animation of Sleeping Beauty – in the 2014 feature.
It went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of that year, as well as winning several awards and an Oscar nomination.
As with the original, Maleficent 2 is from Hollywood producer Joe Roth of Roth Films and has Joachim Ronning lined up to direct from a screenplay by UK writer Jez Butterworth.
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Maleficent 2 is one of several major feature films currently in pre-production in the UK including the Kenneth Branagh-directed Artemis Fowl (also for Disney), Robert Downey Jr's Doctor Dolittle film for Universal and Detective Pikachu directed by Rob Letterman.
BFI figures published in early November showed that inward investment projects made up a whopping £1.6bn of the total £1.8bn production spend on film in the UK during the first nine months of 2017.
Photo via Frank Connor/Disney Enterprises.
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