Actress Michelle Pfeiffer Image Credit: AP

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to join Disney’s sequel of 2014’s Maleficent, which starred Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Ed Skrein is also on board to join the cast, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Ronning set to helm the project, reports Variety.

If a deal closes, Pfeiffer will play the queen in the movie.

It is not clear where this film will pick up following the first movie, which was based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

The original story centred on an evil fairy who cursed an infant princess to eternal sleep, only to realise the young girl was the only one who could save the kingdom from its dangerous ruler.

Maleficent broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million (Dh2.7 billion) worldwide.

Production on the sequel is set to start later this year.