It’s official! Our favourite A-listers are signing up thick and fast to star in these upcoming movie sequels, and we’re getting really excited to see those familiar faces back on the silver screen. Forget the rumours, here are the names confirmed to return to the movie sequels in the making.
Remember the rumours of The Craft remake? Well, you can finally breath easy, because they're not true - let us explain! The film is hitting cinemas again, but it's set to be a sequel to the 1996 cult classic. 20 years after the original coven, the new film hasn't confirmed any cast members, but we will see what's going down in the present day. Spooky.
Angelina Jolie, Maleficent 2
It's been confirmed Angelina Jolie in returning in her role as the cheekboney semi-villain Maleficent! Although a release date hasn't been set, it's been announced Linda Woolverton, who wrote the first script, will be doing the second. It comes as a surprise after Angelina spoke about the possibility of a sequel in 2014, saying: 'I enjoyed it. I just feel like we did this one thoroughly and I don't think there'd be another […] I feel like this is the one, if I was going to ever do a Disney one, this is the one I wanted to do. And I think we've done it well.'
Anne Hathaway, Princess Diaries 3
If the director of the other films is to be belived — which obvs he is (we hope) — Anne is coming back for a THIRD installment of Princess Diaries. We can't believe it either... Speaking to People Magazine, Garry Marshall said: 'I was with Anne Hathaway a couple weeks ago, it looks like we want to do Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan. 'Anne Hathaway is very pregnant, so we have to wait until she has the baby and then I think we’re going to do it.' We know what you're wondering — is Chris Pine coming back? Marshall said: 'Maybe […] He’s quite big now, you know.' We know.
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, Absolutely Fabulous
20 years after starting to pen the much-anticipated Absolutely Fabulous movie, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have FINALLY dropped the very first trailer for Absolutely Fabulous the movie! The trailer doesn't give much away, except for a lot of questionable style choices (loving the leopard print, of course). See it here first.
Some very famous faces are rumoured to be involved in the project. The latest? Rebel Wilson just Instagrammed this telling picture, with the caption "now that the not-so-secret is out, I guess it's okay to post this from my ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS day on set this week on the AB FAB movie. Was wonderful to work with Jen & Joanna, total legends X #sweetie #darling #July2016"Is that a release date?! Rebel, you spoil us...
This is on top of Harry Styles rumoured to be playing a very youthful love interest, with the likes of Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian West and Emma Bunton making guest appearances. Saffy, played by Julia Sawalha in the TV series, and June Whitfield, who plays Eddie’s long suffering mother, have been written in to the script.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker
The guilty-pleasure franchise might have lost Sam Taylor-Johnson as it’s director, but Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will both return as the stars of Fifty Shades Darker, based on the erotic books of the same name. Cinema-goers will no doubt be extremely pleased that Northern Irish Dornan is set to reprise his role, and is apparently considering increasing his amount of nude scenes, but there's a new Mrs Grey in town... Kim Basinger, who you'll know from LA Confiential and 8 Mile, just confirmed that she's set to plan Christian's ex-lover and business partner. Not only that, Ana also has to compete with 50 shades newbie Arielle Kebbel (UnREAL, Ballers), who has just signed on to play a talented architect, tempting Christian in 50 Shades Freed...
Emma Stone, Cruella de Vil
This might not strictly be a sequel, but the 101 Dalmations spin-off, Cruella de Vil, is rumoured to have a pretty exciting leading lady. So who's playing the villainous puppy killer (not for real, of course...)? Emma Stone has been confirmed to play Cruella in the live action film, which will tell Cruella's life story.
Nia Vardalos and John Corbett, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Yes, it's back! The family, the food and all the interfering just got bigger for 2016, but don't worry, all the main cast are coming back. That means John Corbett, Nia Vardalos and Lainie Kazan, plus a few new faces for 2016. Watch the trailer here, and can someone pass the dolmades?!
Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson and Alexander Skarsgard, The Legend Of Tarzan
Featuring Alexander Skarsgard as the jungle-raised Tarzan and Margot Robbie as his Jane, The Legend Of Tarzan sees the eponymous hero called back to the jungle to deal with some very dodgy goings-on. This remake looks a lot darker than the Disney cartoon from 1999, with Samuel L Jackson also starring in the flick. Get your first look with the trailer, below.
Tyra Banks, Life Size
Remember Life Size?! We'd nearly forgotten this '00s teen classic, but after a little YouTube refresher we're pretty excited that it's making a comeback. Tyra Banks just confirmed that she will be returning to the Life Size sequel, where she plays a doll brought back to life by Lindsay Lohan. No word on LiLo's involvement just yet, but a Christmas 2016 release is rumoured.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, Toy Story 4
Buzz and Woody fanatics had to wait 11 long years for the third instalment of Toy Story, but Toy Story 4 isn't that far away... Yep, Tom Hanks just confirmed that the fourth flick is officially in the works, and due to be released in 2018. It's apparently going in a "very different direction" to the rest of the series, but what that means is still TBC. Tom Hanks, Patricia Arquette, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack are all heavily rumoured to return…
Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde 3
Elle Woods, dust off those legal books! While this one isn't actually confirmed, Reese Witherspoon is all for a third instalment of Legally Blonde, telling super stylist and designer Rachel Zoe that "I think we're ready to see Elle and see what she's up to lately". Reese revealed that a lot of ideas for a third film have already been written, but it would be "kind of a cool thing to have her be…someone who runs for office. President!" This is not to be confused with Legally Blondes...
Renee Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth, Bridget Jones' Baby
Filming is well underway for Bridget Jones 3, due out in September 2016. Hugh Grant might be out of the picture, but with Darcy's baby on the way we're pretty sure that's a good thing for Bridget. Apparently based more on Helen Fielding's newspaper columns than 2013's Mad About the Boy, Patrick Dempsey plays a love rival to Darcy, and there is a cameo from Mr Ed Sheeran!
Orlando Bloom, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Reprising his role as Will Turner, Disney have confirmed that Orlando Bloom will be back on the ship for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Joining Jack Sparrow (aka Johnny Depp, who looks unrecognisable in almost every role he takes on) for the fifth instalment of the sea-faring series, the film is due out in 2017. Ex-Skins actress Kaya Scodelario is also set to star. Pass us the rum – we’re VERY excited about this one.
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 3
That’s right, pitches, it looks like the Barden Bellas will be pretty much reunited in Pitch Perfect 3, as Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld have all confirmed they will return for their third turn at the ICCAs (that’s a national a cappella competition, have you watched the film?!). With all the original Bellas having graduated, we can’t wait to see if Hailee aka Emily Junk will lead the Bellas to victory.
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