Deadpoolâs Ed Skrein to play villain in Maleficent sequel
English actor and rapper Ed Skrein has been tapped to star in the upcoming sequel to DisneyâsÂ MaleficentÂ as the villain character, Variety has learned.
The 35-year-old actor is well-known for his role as the antagonist Francis âAjaxâ Freeman in 2016âs comic hitÂ DeadpoolÂ and 2015âs action flopÂ The Transporter Refueled, and recently made headlines when he was cast in the upcomingÂ HellboyÂ reboot but dropped out after his casting was criticized as whitewashing and called for the studio to hire the proper ethnicity in the role.
Skrein will be joining returning stars Angelina Jolie in the titular role and Elle Fanning as Aurora, otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty. The film will be directed by Joachim Râ nning, who was behind the camera for the fifth installment in Disneyâs theme park film franchise,Â Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The script is being written by Linda Woolverton, who penned the first film, with re-writes coming from Jez Butterworth, who helped co-write the sci-fi action hitÂ Edge of TomorrowÂ and the 24th James Bond film,Â Spectre.
The villainous role in the upcomingÂ MaleficentÂ sequel is currently being kept under wraps, but shooting is expected to start sometime this spring.
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