We’re not done with Andalasia just yet, and neither is Patrick Dempsey! According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor confirmed his return to Disenchanted, the long-awaited sequel to Enchanted, on Good Morning America. The sequel is slated for a debut on Disney Plus. Dempsey will reprise his role as Robert Philip opposite Amy Adams‘ Giselle for the musical comedy. Adam Shankman will helm the feature with a script written by Brigitte Hales, Rita Hsiao, Jessie Nelson, J. David Stern and David N. Weiss.
Enchanted debuted in 2007. It starred Adams as the titular Giselle, a young maiden from the magical land of Andalasia who’s whisked away to NYC by the villainous Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon). She’s set to wed the dashing Prince Edward (James Marsden), but she winds up falling for a lawyer named Robert (Dempsey). Enchanted was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2008. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz composed the music and lyrics, respectively. Menken is credited as returning for Disenchanted.
Dempsey’s Good Morning America interview aired on Thursday. The Grey’s Anatomy actor had this to say regarding his return:
I just got this script for the second movie, and then I’m starting to go through and get notes together. There’s talk that we’ll start shooting that in the spring, which is exciting … Amy Adams is so amazing in that film. It was a fun project to be a part of.
Now, the Disenchanted premise is said to revolve around Giselle and Robert 10 years after the events of Enchanted. Giselle questions what truly constitutes a “happily ever after” while accidentally turning the lives in Andalasia and the real world upside down.
While IMDb credits Marsden as reprising his role of Prince Edward for the sequel, there’s no concrete evidence to support that. Variety reported last month that there’s no word whether Dempsey, Marsden or Idina Menzel would return, but this was prior to Dempsey’s confirmation.
I loved Enchanted, but to be honest, I forgot about it over the years. Will there be enough buzz to sustain a sequel 14 years after the original? Hollywood has a penchant for reboots and revivals, so it’s no surprise that Disenchanted is in the works. That being said, I’m tickled to see Dempsey is reprising his role.
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