Any chance we get to see the talented Chiwetel Ejiofor show off his acting chops on the big screen is a chance worth celebrating. Which is why we are excited about reports of him potentially joining the Maleficent sequel, and reuniting with his Salt co-star, Angelina Jolie.
Although the role that the British-Nigerian actor is in talks for is currently unknown, The Hashtag Show reports that the Oscar nominee could be playing “a romantic foil” to the titular Maleficent.
The original Maleficent, which was led by Jolie, hit theatres in 2014 and, unlike most of its live-action counterparts, managed to stand out by focusing on humanizing the villain from its animated predecessor (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty).
While the film received a lukewarm reception from critics, audiences loved it — making it one of 2014’s highest-grossing films — and it even landed an Oscar nomination for its costume design. So, it’s no surprise that a sequel is in the works, with Jolie set to reprise her role.
The sequel will be directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) with a script penned by Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow). If Ejiofor is cast, he will be joining Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Michelle Pfeiffer (Mother!) and Harry Dickinson (Trust).
No official release date has been announced, but colour us officially excited.