The rumors are true! An Enchanted sequel was announced by Disney in late 2020, titled Disenchanted. In 2007, Enchanted was a box office hit as it earned three Oscar nominations and left behind a musical score beloved by fans. The sequel will premiere exclusively on Disney+, with the original cast set to reprise their roles.
Here is everything we know about the sequel, from new cast members to the release date.
The film’s sequel is officially confirmed and there’s a trailer.
In 2018, Amy Adams confirmed that she was working on the sequel on The Talk, per Deadline. “I am absolutely up for that,” Adams responded when asked about the possibility of a second installment of the 2007 hit film. “We’re working on it — so hopefully.
In September of 2022, Disney premiered the trailer for the long anticipated film at their D23 expo. All of the beloved characters make an appearance as Giselle and Patrick decide to make a new life away from the city and bid adieu to all of their rat and roach friends for a suburban home.
But in her longer for something a bit more magical, Giselle invites danger into their family. Is this how wicked stepmothers are made?
The sequel will premiere on Disney+ in 2022.
Disney announced that the film would debut exclusively on Disney+ in 2022.
The original cast is coming back.
Of course, Amy Adams will reprise her role as Princess Giselle and her onscreen lover Patrick Dempsey as Robert Phillip. James Marsden also reprises his role as Prince Edward, along with Idina Menzel as Nancy Tremaine. Gabriella Baldacchino will join the cast as Phillip’s grown daughter, Morgan.
Bridesmaids actress Maya Rudolph joined the cast as Malvina–Princess Giselle’s enemy. Kolton Stewart will play Malvina’s son and Yvette Nicole Brown as Rosalyn, Jayma Mays
as Ruby, and Oscar Nunez as Edgar.
Dempsey spoke to Variety about his role in the upcoming film. “I’ve been talking to the director [Adam Shankman]. The story is getting better and better. There’s a great cast coming together. And the musical numbers, I get to sing and dance,” he said. “To work with everybody again after 14 years is just really exciting. We need some escapism right now. We need those romantic comedies and those musicals to get people out of the doldrums that we’re in.”
Adam Shankman is set to direct the sequel.
Hairspray director Adam Shankman will come back to direct, along with Brigette Hales is the writer for the sequel. Adams will serve as a producer with Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld. The film will also feature songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who received three Oscar nominations for Enchanted.
“Working again with Disney has been like coming home,” said Shankman in Disney’s press release. “With Amy and this extraordinary cast, Alan and Stephen’s mind-blowing new score, and Barry and Disney’s support, I just hope to bring magic and joy to audiences around the world.”
Josephson also spoke about his excitement about the sequel. “I guess dreams do come true…producing ‘Enchanted‘ was the most rewarding film experience I’ve ever had. I’m so excited for Adam Shankman to begin filming ‘Disenchanted,'” he said. “I want to thank everyone at Disney for supporting us all the way. Very special thanks to Amy Adams for deciding to play ‘Giselle,’ the character she created again! And we are so fortunate to have this incredible cast!”
Fans can expect a musical number from Patrick Dempsey
In his Variety interview, Dempsey said, “I will be singing for the first time. I’ve never ever sung publicly — for a reason. So bear with me. I hope the fans embrace it.” Dempsey continued, “But they’ve set me up for success, and the lyrics are really fun. The numbers have really great choreography. And the premise is going to be interesting.”
Disenchanted is set years after the end of the original film.
An official description of the plot, per Disney, says, “Disenchanted features the much-anticipated return of Giselle, the princess from the fairy tale world of Andalasia banished to Manhattan who found her real Princess Charming in divorce lawyer Robert Philip. 15 years later, Giselle moves to the suburb of Monroeville with Robert and their teenage daughter Morgan, where she must juggle the challenges that come with a new home and discover what happily ever after truly means to her and her new family.”
Production has started.
According to Irish Press, Disenchanted started production in Ireland. The sequel will transform Wicklow Village in Enniskerry into a Disney wonderland.
Disney fans are screaming with excitement.
Amy Adams says expect more musical numbers
During an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Adams says that the musical set pieces for the sequel have outpaced the original—and she is feelings a bit outpaced herself.
There’s a lot more singing and a lot more dancing which was humbling. The last time I really danced as much as I’m required to dance in this, I was in my 20s and now I’m not in my 20s. It feels different in your 40s. In my heart, I look like I’m in my 20s when I’m dancing, and then I would watch playback and be like, ‘Whoa, that’s not the same.’”
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