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Joachim Ronning, who co-directed the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean installment, is in talks to helm the Maleficent sequel for Disney, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Angelina Jolie will return to star in the live-action take of the famous animated villain, reprising her role from the 2014 hit that grossed $758 million at the global box office. Robert Stromberg directed the first installment, which also starred Elle Fanning in the film centering on the Sleeping Beauty antagonist.
Joe Roth will produce the follow-up, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton working on the screenplay.
Ronning first caught Hollywood’s attention as co-director of the Norwegian feature Kon-Tiki, which was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar in 2013. His first big English-language feature was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which earned $794 million at the global box office this year.
The filmmaker is attached to a number of projects, including a sci-fi feature, Origin, that would see him reteam with Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Ronning is repped by UTA.
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