Following Maleficent's impressive $70 million opening weekend, it wouldn't be all that surprising if Disney ordered a sequel to the fantasy adventure, which provides an origin story for the iconic Sleeping Beauty villain. While the studio hasn't confirmed a follow-up as of yet, star Angelina Jolie revealed during her promotional tour in China that she would be willing to come back for a sequel.
Here's what she had to say, when asked what her next acting role may be.
"It's kind of hard to top her, she was pretty fun. Maybe I'll get the chance to play her again."
The actress also spoke about her burgeoning career as a director, following her 2011 debut In the Land of Blood and Honey and the upcoming true story adaptation Unbroken, which is scheduled to hit theaters December 25. While the actress/filmmaker doesn't have a follow-up planned, on either the acting or directing side, she revealed that she hopes to do more directing than acting in the future.
"I'm very happy to begin a directing career. I didn't know if I'd be able to successfully make this change. I love telling stories. You learn so much about life. In my case, both films I've done so far deal with history, so it's a very full experience, and you work very closely with the crew. So I love directing, and I would like to direct more. I think I'd like to do less acting and more directing, and I'm fortunate."
Maleficent has made more than $175 million worldwide thus far, and it is scheduled to open in China, one of the world's biggest international markets, on June 20. However, it does face some stiff competition in the coming weeks, with Warner Bros.' sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow opening this weekend, and the highly-anticipated comedy sequel 22 Jump Street arriving on June 13.
Given that Angelina Jolie wants to direct more in the future, do you think she'd be the right fit to both star in and direct Maleficent 2? Chime in with your thoughts below.
Maleficent was released May 30th, 2014 and stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites. The film is directed by Robert Stromberg.