Fifteen years after the original film was released in theaters, Giselle (Amy Adams) is back and ready to charm audiences once again in Disenchanted. Directed by Adam Shankman, the sequel takes place ten years after the first movie, with Giselle and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) moving to the suburb of Monroeville with their teenage daughter Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) and their newborn baby, Sophia.
During a press conference regarding the film, the cast and crew of Disenchantment expressed their excitement for returning to Andalasia, including the addition of newcomers to this world, such as Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jayma Mays. Below you can find the most relevant quotes from the conference:
Speaking about returning to the role of Giselle after so much time, Amy Adams had to comment the following:
“For me, it was interesting ’cause we were looking at where Giselle would be now. And, you know, when we leave her in the last movie, there’s been an evolution from the beginning of the movie of Enchanted to who Giselle is at the end of the movie. So sort of taking that evolution of who she might be after spending 10 years, but also making sure we keep her grounded in sort of the truth of her feelings, but without losing that joy and that naiveite and innocence and purity that makes Giselle so special.”
Without spoiling the plot too much, there is a reason why Patrick Dempsey’s character, Robert, has a major personality change in the story. When asked about this opportunity to spice things up for the role, Dempsey mentioned:
“Robert at the very beginning is very much the same, although he’s kinda trying to balance, you know, life between his new baby and his other child, and the conflict between the stepmother as Adam pointed out, and that dynamic. And then getting into larger than life was completely freeing and really fun. So for me, it was a fantastic ride. I had a great time where I could work a little bit, do some sightseeing in Ireland, and work on the musical that, you know, great fun with the singing and the
dancing. So it was fun.”
Maya Rudolph plays a new character called Malvina Monroe, who is the most popular woman in the community of Monroeville.She help organizing the town’s events and nothing happens in it whithout her knowing. Rudolph was very excited to join the project:
“We really did (have fun making the film). We actually did. I mean, to what Patrick said, even though I’ve had a chance to sing in things before, it was nothing like this experience. And knowing that I was going to get to write this Menken & Schwartz song was really, truly almost like a life fulfillment. Like I was training for the marathon I’d been training for my whole life. And that’s what it was every day.
We’d go to vocal rehearsal, and we’d go to dance rehearsal, and we were working towards the day where we shot the song. And then we shot it. And we got to record it.”
Disenchanted will be released on Disney+ this Friday, November 18th.