It seems to be full steam ahead for the Enchanted (2007) sequel, Disenchanted.
The upcoming movie was announced last year in December and is set for a 2022 release exclusively on Disney’s streaming giant, Disney+. With the sequel confirmed, Disney quickly revealed that Amy Adams (Justice League, Hillbilly Elegy) and Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy, Bridget Jones’s Baby) would be reprising their roles as Princess Giselle and Robert Phillip, respectively.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Idina Menzel’s (Frozen, RENT) Nancy Tremaine and James Marsden’s (X-Men, Hairspray) Prince Edward would be returning to star in the sequel. In an interesting turn of events, a report also rumored that the Seven Dwarves from Snow White would be making their Enchanted debut, although Disney has yet to confirm the appearance of the classic fan-favorite characters.
Most recently though, Disney announced that the Adam Shankman-directed live-action musical fantasy will also star Maya Rudolph, Jayma Mays and Yvette Nicole Brown in undisclosed roles. Celebrated composer, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) will return to score the movie, joined by Wicked‘s Stephen Schwartz. While it’s been a long time coming — talks started back in 2010 — Disenchanted will surely be a hit with fans old and new.
While not much information surrounding the production has been shared, aside from cast announcements, Patrick Dempsey has recently talked about the movie, revealing some insider secrets about his role and what might happen in the production.
Patrick Dempsey talks Disenchanted
In a recent interview with Variety, the Grey’s Anatomy actor revealed he had been talking to Shankman about the direction for the much-awaited sequel:
The story is getting better and better. There’s a great cast coming together. And the musical numbers, I get to sing and dance. 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
Commenting on Enchanted‘s popularity and runaway success, the actor said:
It’s such an important film for them and it’s a satire. It’s not a typical Disney movie. It’s kind of off-brand a little bit. Yet we give honor to all of those Disney movies that have come before and they finally now have figured it out. And we’re old enough, so it’s like a midlife crisis movie.
We didn’t get to see Dempsey flex his musical muscles in the first movie, but he’s revealed that fans will finally get to see him sing AND dance in Disenchanted. Dempsey told Variety:
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. 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.
Fans might be disappointed to hear, however, that Dempsey won’t be performing a duet with everyone’s favorite Ice Queen, the Elsa actress Idina Menzel. When talking about Menzel, Dempsey said “I don’t sing with her”.
It seems like Dempsey is excited to make his return to the magical land of Andalasia — the animated setting that Susan Sarandon’s Narissa terrorised in Enchanted — in the Enchanted sequel. While the movie is itself a parody of Disney’s love for princesses and happily ever afters, Enchanted is pretty much considered a quintessential part of the Disney movie universe. Featuring a blend of live-action and animated sequences that hark back to the era of Mary Poppins (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), the film spawned the musical hits, “Happy Working Song” and “That’s How You Know”.
Director Adam Shankman was also set to bring Hocus Pocus 2 to the small screen, with an official premiere on Disney+ next year, but reports suggest that Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) will be taking over the project.
Are you excited to see all the cast back for Disenchanted?