Disney’s Disenchanted, the long-awaited sequel to the 2007 fantasy musical Enchanted starring Amy Adams, is close to being released. Enchanted was a resounding success in 2007; the movie adapted the genre to include both live-action and traditionally animated portrayals to parody archetypal fairytale princesses. Produced by Disney, it generally paid homage to the classic Disney Princess musicals such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, while also satirizing their recurring tropes.
Enchanted follows Giselle (Adams), an animated conventional princess from fictional Andalasia who is pushed into a well by an evil sorceress, being cast into a live-action version of herself in New York City. She is found and cared for by Robert (Partick Dempsey), whom she falls in love with instead of her animated Prince Charming, Edward (James Marsden), and his young daughter, Morgan (Rachel Covey). The film ends with the sorceress destroyed, Edward and Nancy (Robert’s fashion-designer girlfriend, played by Idina Menzel) returning to Andalasia, and Giselle staying in New York, married to Robert, and running a fashion business.
The ending of Enchanted left a world of possibilities for a sequel with Giselle fully navigating the real world without the constraints of the Disney princess archetype. Over the years, there have been many rumors of an Enchanted sequel, but nothing was confirmed until Disney+ tweeted about Giselle and Amy Adams’ official return on Disney Investor Day in December 2020, revealing the official title: Disenchanted.
Since Disney confirmed Enchanted 2 in December 2020, some production details have emerged. Adam Shankman signed on as the film’s director, replacing former director Kevin Lima. With Shankman’s experience working on musicals and fantasy films such as Hairspray and Bedtime Stories, Disenchanted will be in good hands to take on Giselle’s next chapter.
Along with the sequel’s announcement, Disney revealed that the movie will stream exclusively on Disney+ instead of having a theatrical release. Disenchanted began filming in May 2021 and officially wrapped production in early August. Recently, director Adam Shankman confirmed Disenchanted‘s status as well as its release date, which is confirmed to be 2022, although the exact day and month remain unknown.
Disney announced Amy Adams’ return as Giselle in December 2020 when the company confirmed the project, but who else will star in the sequel? Enchanted music composer Alan Menken revealed in his JLBG livestream on March 23, 2021, that Patrick Dempsey will reprise his role as Robert Philip along with James Marsden as Prince Edward and Idina Menzel as Nancy Tremaine. Marsden Edward followed Giselle to New York, where he met Menzel’s Nancy. Hopefully, Idina Mezel will channel Frozen‘s Elsa and actually be able to sing in Enchanted 2. New cast members include Yvette Nicole Brown as Rosaleen, Kolton Stewart as Tyson Monroe, Gabriella Baldacchino as Robert Philip’s daughter Morgan, Jayma Mays as Ruby, and Oscar Nuñez as Edgard. Maya Rudolph has also been cast in Disenchanted as the main villain, Malvina Monroe.
IMDb’s Disenchanted plot synopsis indicates that the story takes place 10 years after Enchanted’s ending. Following the happily ever after of her marriage to Robert, Giselle begins to question if she is truly happy. This dilemma of self-discovery leads to ensuing chaos for Giselle’s friends and family in both the real world and Andalasia. Considering Enchanted was successful due to its tactic of turning fairytale princess tropes on their head, it’s no surprise that Enchanted 2 would do away with the supposed “happily ever after.”