David Gyasi will be joining Angelina Jolie in the upcoming sequel Maleficent 2. Though the character he will be playing is currently unknown, he'll also star alongside newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Skrein, as well as Elle Fanning, who will reprise her role as Princess Aurora from the first movie.
Based off of Disney's Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent 2 will continue the story of Jolie's titular dark fairy whose reputation has been twisted over the years. In the first movie, audiences were given the chance to see her side of the story, proving that the events surrounding Princess Aurora, her royal family, and their kingdom of fantastical creatures did not actually play out the way they seemed in the original animated classic. While plot details surrounding the sequel are currently under wraps, the story will expand on the climax of the first movie, which resulted in the death of King Stefan, Aurora's ascension as Queen, and Maleficent's return to her home in the Moors. Now, with the addition of Gyasi, it's unclear whether he'll take on the role of a human or a creature.
Deadline has confirmed that Gyasi will be joining Jolie in the upcoming sequel. While Gyasi hasn't officially broken out into the mainstream, his recent credits show that he is certainly on the up-and-up, having starred in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, and Alex Garland's adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation.
He's the latest in line of actors recently cast in the movie, including Ed Skrein, who will play the main antagonist, Harris Dickinson, who will replace Brenton Thwaites as the Prince, and Michelle Pfeiffer as The Queen (though it's unclear whether or not she'll play a queen from a separate kingdom or one that will ultimately overthrow Aurora). Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose most recent experience with magic was in 2016's Doctor Strange, is currently in talks to join the movie as well.
The first Maleficent movie turned out to be a major success, so it's no wonder that a sequel is in the works. Grossing $759 million at the international box office, it opened the doors to a potential franchise. What's more is that Gyasi will have already starred in the upcoming Carnival Row and The Last Step, opposite Cara Delevingne and Jean Reno, respectively, which could potentially make him that much more familiar to audiences once the sequel is released.
Now, even though a sequel was inevitable, Maleficent 2's greatest challenge will be in the way it handles the continuation of the story. Even though the first movie was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, it still had the luxury of borrowing elements with which audiences were familiar. For now, fans of the original will just have to wait with bated breath to see how the storyline ultimately unfolds.