'Deadpool's Ed Skrein cast as villain in 'Maleficent' sequel

Deadpool's Ed Skrein to Play Villain Role in Maleficent Sequel

Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning who played the respective roles Maleficent and Aurora will be part of the sequel, a report in Hollywood Reporter suggested. "Maleficent" broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million worldwide.

Ed Skrein has signed up to play a villain in the Maleficent sequel.

Jolie played the title character in 2014's Maleficent, which presented a modern twist on an infamous villain from Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 co-helmer Joachim Ronning will direct the feature that centers on the Sleeping Beauty antagonist.

We just can't wait to see Ed Skrein as the menacing antagonist in the Maleficent sequel.

Skrein's villainous role is being kept under wraps, but the film is expected to begin production sometime this spring. More Disney live-action films should follow in its footsteps, though I doubt that they could replicate the pitch-perfect casting of Jolie as the sympathetic Maleficent. Joe Roth is returning as a producer. His breakout role was in 2013 as the somewhat less villainous (but still swaggering) Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones. He would go on to star in Northmen - A Viking Saga, Sword of Vengeance, Tiger House, Kill Your Friends and The Transporter Refueled, where he starred as Frank Martin Jr.

Skrein hit headlines previous year when he was cast in the Hellboy reboot. His upcoming projects include Robert Rodriguez's "Alita: Battle Angel", which James Cameron is producing, and Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk".



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