Ed Skrein Tapped for Villain Role in Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Sequel

The main villain of 2016’s Deadpool looks to be continuing his evil streak as Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel.

The exclusive report by Variety details Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are returning to for the fantasy film, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Ronning to direct.

Exact details behind Skrein’s villain role are currently under wraps.

Joe Roth is producing the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest script.

It is unknown where this film will pick up following the first movie, which was based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The original story centered on an evil fairy who cursed an infant princess to eternal sleep, only to realize the young girl was the only one who could save the kingdom from its dangerous ruler. Maleficent broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million worldwide.

Production on the sequel is set to start in 2018.

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