Disney Studios’ President of Production Sean Bailey announced the sequel at Disney Investor Day back in December. Adams, Menzel and Marsden are reprising their respective roles of Giselle, Nancy and Prince Edward from the original film, with composer Alan Menken also returning. He said during a JLGB Virtual livestream that Marsden and Menzel would be returning for Disenchanted.
The 2007 live-action movie was a satire on Disney animated princess musicals, a fish-out-of-water tale about a cartoon princess who is submerged in modern-day New York City. I hear Rudolph will play a villain in the sequel with Brown and Mays also potentially portraying evil as well.
Adam Shankman is directing for a production start later this spring. Producers are Barry Josephson, Adams, and Barry Sonnenfeld. Brigitte Hales is the most recent writer on the project, whose work got the sequel greenlit after 14 years.
The first movie, which grossed more than $340M WW, was nominated for three Oscars in the Best Song category for Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s tunes “Happy Working Song,” “So Close” and “That’s How You Know.”
Rudolph, who has won praise for her portrayal of VP Kamala Harris on SNL, next will star in a pair of animated films: Disney/Pixar’s Luca and Sony/Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines. She starred in Adam Sandler’s Netflix movie Hubie Halloween back in the fall, and her several feature credits include Inherent Vice, The Way Way Back, Bridesmaids and Away We Go. Rudolph won two Primetime Emmys last year for SNL (Guest Actress in a Comedy Series) and Big Mouth (Outstanding Character Voice-over performance). She is repped by WME, 3 Arts, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum.
Brown played Shirley Bennett across 99 episodes of NBC’s comedy series Community. She stars opposite John Stamos on Disney+ series Big Shot. Her feature credits include Avengers: Endgame, Lady and the Tramp, Repo Man and (500) Days of Summer. The actress is represented by Innovative Artists and Marcia Hurwitz Management & Consulting.
Mays played Emma Pillsbury for 82 episodes of Glee and starred on Trial & Error and as Charlie Andrews on Heroes. Her film credits include Bill & Ted Face the Music, Red Eye, American Made, The Smurfs and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Mays is repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment.