Amy Adams, Maya Rudolph on Sequel’s 15-Year Wait, Battle – The Hollywood Reporter

Fifteen years after release EnchantedSequel Disappointed is finally making its debut — and even its stars weren’t sure the day would come.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen, to be honest with you. When they told me it was going, I had heard it before and I was convinced, no, it’s not going to happen,” Patrick Dempsey said. The Hollywood Reporter at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday.

“I thought it would happen for the first 12 years, and then I’d better go do other things and cross your fingers. After a certain time you expect it not to happen,” co-star James Marsden added. “But I knew there were a lot of moving parts. And they finally got the script and Alan [Menken] And Stephen [Schwartz] Got the music together and Amy was on board. It seems like it might actually happen now. ”

Marsden asked, “Are we reinventing ourselves after 15 years?” He added jokingly that he started to wonder.

In fact, quite the opposite Disappointed It’s a rare sequel that welcomes its star-studded cast, including Amy Adams, Dempsey, Marsden and Idina Menzel, with Maya Rudolph also joining the ensemble. The film is set years after the original film, with Gisele (Adams) and Robert (Dempsey) living in the suburbs, when Gisele accidentally turns an entire town into a real-life fairy tale — which means turning herself into the ultimate evil stepmother.

“It was so much fun for Gisele to turn her idea on its head and do it opposite all my costars from the first film and Maya and all our new additions,” Adams said. .

Rudolph plays the local queen bee, who faces off against Adams as the two try to become the town’s greatest villains. “Don’t tell me who you thought won, we’ll leave it at a draw for now,” Adams joked.

As part of their villain-off, the two will share a breakout song and dance number for which they “worked our little butts,” Rudolph said.

“It’s one of those movies where you really have to train and I worked on the song every day — I’m never in charge! I worked on the song every day and I did my choreography, I got my little shoes,” Rudolph continued. “It was really exciting, all the years of being a theater nerd. Like really paid, all the musical theater productions I was a part of. This was my happy place.

Director and executive producer Adam Shankman was Rudolph’s first choice to play the antagonistic villain, which Adams immediately onboarded. “That toe-to-toe idea is too much to resist,” he said.

Adams and Rudolph weren’t the only ones immersed in the musical numbers, as Dempsey got his first, which was “really a lot of fun. It was nerve-wracking at the beginning but the process of trying to find your voice and hit the notes and slowly build up the song was really fun. The dancing was fun too.

Menzel, surprisingly, didn’t sing Enchanted, gets its own song. Since the film was shot during the pandemic, he revealed that he recorded the vocals used in the film in his bedroom closet. The actress shared some musical moments with Marsden.

Actor Menzel is “a good singing partner in a sense, she’s going to give you a great voice, but not a good singing partner in that you’re going to pale in comparison to her. So it’s like what? Okay, come on!”

As for how the sequel compares to the beloved original, Shankman said that he tried to keep the same tone and tropes of the first film while bringing in a “lovely wink at Disney” while bringing in a different plot.

“It became more about family. The first movie was basically a romantic comedy, but it also had the point that Gisele was a fish out of water. She wasn’t a fish out of water anymore, so we had to make everybody a fish out of water,” he said. If you don’t want there to be marital problems, the romantic comedy thing wasn’t so much, so it feels like it creates all the energy. EnchantedWith entirely new rules.”

Disappointed Streaming begins Friday on Disney+.

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