Angelina Jolie to film Disney in UK

Maleficent 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. 

Production Intelligence subscribers can log in for more details on the UK shoot including the studio. Key HoDs listed already include the UPM, production designer and location manager.

Subscribers should follow the project for more updates as we confirm them. Non-subscribers can click here to request a free online demo. 

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.

Production Intelligence

Photo via Frank Connor/Disney Enterprises.


Also on The Knowledge

Brian & Charles filming in north Wales

Filming is underway in north Wales on Brian & Charles, a Film4 and BFI-backed feature film starring David Earl in the lead role. Shooting was due to have begun in the spring, but the project was among the many productions suspended due to the pandemic. 

Read More »

KFTV Report: Alternative studios around the UK

From old forts, manor houses, schools and airports to medieval theme parks, old breweries and underground theatres, a huge variety of large spaces in the UK are being taken over by film and TV productions to accommodate Covid protocols and social distancing on set.

Read More »