'Maleficent 2' Casts 'Deadpool' Actor Ed Skrein as Villain

'Maleficent' sequel, which will see the return of Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, will be helmed by Joachin Ronning.

AceShowbiz - "Maleficent" fans should get ready as the movie's sequel is underway. After it was confirmed that Angelina Jolie would reprise her role as Maleficent, "Deadpool" star Ed Skrein has joined the cast to play a villainous character, according to Variety. However, details about the character to be played by Ed are currently unknown.

In addition to playing Ajax in "Deadpool", Ed is known for his role as Daario Naharis in season 3 of HBO's "Game of Thrones". He will next be seen in Robert Rodriguez's "Alita: Battle Angel", Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "Born a King", all of which will be released this year.

As for "Maleficent 2", the movie will also see Elle Fanning returning as Aurora. Jez Butterworth has been tapped to rewrite the script penned by Lina Woolverton. Meanwhile, Joe Roth is back as producer with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" director Joachin Ronning helming the movie.

It is still unclear how the movie will continue the story of the first "Maleficent". The previous movie centered on a powerful fairy named Maleficent who turned into a vengeful fairy after being betrayed by her "true" lover. After knowing that her lover had become a king, Maleficent cursed his daughter, Aurora. The curse could only be broken by a true love kiss, which actually came from Maleficent.

"Maleficent" earned $175.5 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $517.2 million internationally and scored a worldwide total of $758.5 million against a budget of $180 million. This made it the fourth-highest-grossing movie in 2014. Moreover, the achievement made it become one of four Walt Disney Studios movies to gross over $500 million in 2014, besides "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Big Hero 6".

It was reported that "Maleficent 2" would start filming this spring and was expected to hit U.S. theaters sometime in 2019.

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