Directed byAdam Shankman
Screenplay by
Story byAdam Shankman
Based onCharacters
by Bill Kelly
Produced by
CinematographySimon Duggan
Music byAlan Menken
Distributed byDisney+
Release date
  • November 24, 2022 (2022-11-24)
CountryUnited States

Disenchanted is an upcoming American live-action/animated musical fantasy romantic comedy film written and directed by Adam Shankman as a sequel to the 2007 film Enchanted. Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel reprise their roles from the first film, with Gabriella Baldacchino replacing Rachel Covey. They are joined by newcomers Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, and Oscar Nunez.

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz return, as the film's songwriters, and Menken again composing the score. Adams also serves as a producer of the film, alongside Barry Josephson, and Barry Sonnenfeld.

Disenchanted is scheduled to be released on November 24, 2022 — on the occasion of Thanksgiving as a Disney+ exclusive film.[1][2]


Fifteen years after her happily ever after, Giselle, Robert, and Morgan move to a new house in the suburb of Monroeville.[3] The community is overseen by Malvina Monroe, who has nefarious intentions for the family. When problems arise, Giselle wishes that their lives were the perfect fairy tale. The spell backfires, with Giselle rushing to save her family and her homeland of the Kingdom of Andalasia before the clock strikes midnight.[4]


Top row: Amy Adams (left), Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Idina Menzel all returned to reprise their roles as Giselle, Robert, Prince Edward and Nancy.
Bottom row: Yvette Nicole Brown (left), Jayma Mays, Oscar Nunez and Maya Rudolph play new characters Rosaleen, Ruby, Edgar and Malvina Monroe.

Also appearing with undisclosed roles are Ann Harada, Michael McCorry Rose, and James Monroe Iglehart.[11]



Director Adam Shankman (left), co-writers Richard LaGravenese and Scott Neustadter, and co-producer Barry Sonnenfeld.

In February 2010, Variety reported that Walt Disney Pictures planned to film a sequel to Enchanted (2007) with Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld producing again. Jessie Nelson was attached to write the screenplay and Anne Fletcher to direct. Disney hoped the cast members from the first film would return and for a release as early as 2011.[12]

On January 12, 2011, composer Alan Menken was asked about the sequel in an interview, to which he replied:[13]

I've heard things but there's nothing yet. I don't know much about what's happening with that. Honestly, I don't know what the studio wants to do next. I presume there will be some future projects for me to work on. I love doing that, I really do. But I'm not frustrated that it isn't one of them. At the moment I have a lot of stage things happening and I'm busy enough with that, so I really don't need more on my plate.

Later that year, on March 28, James Marsden, who played Prince Edward in Enchanted, was asked about the sequel.[14]

I don't know. I think that the clock is ticking on that one. Amy Adams and I are both saying, "If there's going to be a sequel, we're not getting any younger." Since we play sort of ageless animated characters. Hopefully we do. That was something really special and I'd love to come back and do another. I've heard the same things you've heard. There's a script out there somewhere and there's talk of it, but I never believe it until I see the script and learned we're making that film. So I don't know. Too many eggs in that basket.

By July 2014, Disney had hired screenwriters J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to write a script for a sequel and also hired Fletcher to direct the film.[15] In October 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Adam Shankman, who is a good friend of Fletcher, entered negotiations to direct the sequel, titled Disenchanted; that Amy Adams would reprise her role; and that filming was scheduled to begin in summer 2017.[16][17] In January 2018, Shankman stated that the sequel's script would be finished within a couple of weeks and the next step would be to get the music written.[18] He also went on to say that the film would feature more songs than the original but the same amount of animation.[18]

On May 21, 2019, Menken said that the film has not been green-lighted by Disney by that point, as the writers were still "trying to get the script right."[19] On February 28, 2020, Schwartz said that meetings about the film had taken place in London, and revealed that Shankman will also serve as the writer for the film.[20]

In December 2020, at Disney Investor Day, Disney Studios' President of Production Sean Bailey officially announced the sequel.[21] Reportedly, it was the work of Brigitte Hales—the most recent writer on the project—that got the sequel greenlit after 14 years.[21]


In March 2020, Disenchanted entered pre-production, with Shankman still set to direct the film.[22] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pre-production on the film was being done remotely.[23] In December 2020, it was revealed that Disney hired Brigitte Hales, Richard Lagravenese, Scott Neustadter, and Michael H. Weber to work on the film's script.[24] In January 2021, Patrick Dempsey told Good Morning America that there are plans to begin production in the spring of that year.[25][26]


At the Disney Investor Day event, it was announced that Amy Adams would be returning as Giselle.[21] Later in December 2020, it was announced that Patrick Dempsey would return as Robert Philip.[6] Dempsey confirmed the news in early January 2021 during an interview on Good Morning America.[26][25] (In an interview with Variety magazine in late April, Dempsey also revealed that he would be singing.)[27] In March 2021, composer Alan Menken confirmed that James Marsden and Idina Menzel would also be returning as Prince Edward and Nancy Tremaine, respectively.[7]

In April 2021, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays joined the cast as new characters.[8] Rudolph is reportedly set to play the central antagonist in the sequel, while Brown and Mays are potentially portraying villains as well.[28]

On May 17, 2021, Disney announced via Twitter that Gabriella Baldacchino would be starring as Morgan Philip, joined by new cast members Kolton Stewart and Oscar Nunez. Baldacchino replaces Rachel Covey, who played Morgan in the first film.[9]


Principal photography was previously expected to start on May 3, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.[29]

On April 23, 2021, it was reported that filming would begin in Ireland in the summer and would wrap in August.[30] The film would be partly filmed in Enniskerry, where a set was being constructed as of May 1, 2021, while other expected locations include Wicklow and Dublin.[31] On May 6, 2021, Adams confirmed on Instagram that she had arrived in Ireland to begin filming the film.[32] Filming officially began on May 17, 2021.[33][34] On July 8, 2021, James Marsden and Idina Menzel arrived in Dublin, Ireland to shoot their roles as Prince Edward and Nancy Tremaine respectively.[35] Filming in Ireland concluded on July 22, 2021.[36]

By March 28, 2022, reshoots were underway in Buckinghamshire, England due to mixed reception at a test screening. Reshoots also took place in New York City, having concluded in April.[37][38][39][40][41]

Visual effects and animation

On December 3, 2021, it was announced that Canadian animation studio Tonic DNA was working on the animation for the sequel.[42] Moving Picture Company has provide visual effects for the film.[43]


Alan Menken (left) and Stephen Schwartz (right) returned to write the film's score and songs.

In March 2018, director Adam Shankman revealed that Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will return from the first film to write songs for the sequel.[44] In March 2020, Menken revealed that he has started working on the film's music.[45] In April 2020, Menken said that he and Schwartz are writing the film's songs.[46]

In an interview with Variety magazine in late April 2021, Patrick Dempsey revealed that he will be singing.[27] In May 2021, Schwartz said that the film will have seven songs and reprises, including two songs for Nancy, played by Menzel, whose song in the first film was cut.[47]


Disenchanted is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Disney+ on November 24, 2022, which marks Thanksgiving.[1][21][48]


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