Everything We Know About ‘Disenchanted,’ The ‘Enchanted’ Sequel

It seems like Disney has been teasing an Enchanted sequel for the longest time (okay, it was announced in 2020, which does feel like a lifetime ago).

During Disney’s D23 Expo, the studio showed off a ton of news, like a new trailer for Hocus Pocus 2, the confirmation of Inside Out 2, and a feature-length trailer for Disenchanted, the Enchanted sequel. And now, the studio has given us an even more in-depth look at the details of Disenchanted with a brand new trailer just a couple of weeks before the film’s release.

Disenchanted takes place 15 years after the original, which ended in a happily ever after for real-world Giselle (Amy Adams) and realist Robert (Patrick Dempsey). The couple and Robert’s teen daughter Morgan (Gabrielle Baldacchino) move from the Big Apple to the quieter suburbs.

In the latest trailer, Giselle is gifted a wishing wand from some Nancy (Idina Menzel) and Prince Edward (James Marsden), and she wishes that her life was just like a fairy tale. But Giselle discovers that “happily ever after” isn’t a permanent state, and that now her mundane problems, like dealing with local queen bee Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph) only become more complicated when magic is involved.

The original trailer reveals that family’s house is a “fixer upper,” to put it generously. Giselle starts to find herself frustrated with the mundane tasks she has to deal with and longing for the fairytale world she left. And when Giselle makes a wish for just that, things start to get wonky, fast.

The first trailer also features some new players, including characters played by Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays. Back in May 2021, Rudolph revealed she would be playing Disenchanted’s villain, which is clear when she passive aggressively tells Giselle she won’t be able to help her with the broken down house because she “deals with slightly more upscale homes.”

“I wished for a fairy tale life and it’s all gone terribly wrong,” she says to her stepdaughter and Robert’s child, Morgan, before sinisterly adding, “… or terribly right.” Giselle’s former love interest Edward, encourages his former flame’s use of magic to fix her problems, telling Giselle, “If your world is not to your liking, then you must change it.”

Is Giselle on the way to becoming a different fairytale archetype — the evil stepmother? Or will she find a way to redefine “Happily Ever After?”

Back in April, fans got some details about Disenchanted, which features the original’s stellar cast along with some new additions like Maya Rudolph, Oscar Nuñez, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays. And on May 17, Disney released a first look photo from the movie, which shows Adams as Giselle square off with Rudolph’s villainous Malvina Monroe.

The studio also shared that the movie would be available to stream on Disney+ this Thanksgiving. As of now, there are no plans for a theatrical release.

Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph square off in Disenchanted.

It was also confirmed that Menzel, who voices Elsa from a little movie called Frozen, will have her own song in the film.

“I’m really excited because these songs Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken wrote… are incredible,” Menzel, who plays Nancy Tremaine in Enchanted, told People. “But there’s so much music, and Amy [Adams] singing her butt off, and it’s just Patrick [Dempsey] singing and tap dancing. It’s really glorious and joyful and people are going to love it.”

James Marsden, who plays the hopelessly romantic and aloof Prince Edward, confirmed the exciting update.

“It was a crime that in the first film, she’s in a movie musical and you have Idina Menzel, and she doesn’t sing a note,” Marsden told People. “We’ve raised the bar by giving her some big, Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken … I can’t say too much about what she sings, but original music, I’ll say.”

Amy Adams, who plays Princess Giselle, confirmed that there’s going to be a lot more singing and dancing. Like a lot.

“The last time I really danced as much as I’m required to dance in this, I was in my 20s and now I’m not in my 20s,” Adams explained during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “It feels different in your 40s. In my heart, I look like I’m in my 20s when I’m dancing, and then I would watch playback and be like, ‘Whoa, that’s not the same.'”

For those unfamiliar with the joy that is Enchanted, the original film follows Giselle (Adams), a maiden who is sent away from her fairy tale, cartoon life to the very real world of New York City by a jealous and evil queen envious of her voice and general princess aesthetic. As Giselle tries to navigate her way back to her home of Andalasia, she meets a cynical divorce lawyer Robert (Dempsey) who changes her idea of what true love really is.

The sequel follows 15 years after the couple’s real-life Happily Ever After as Giselle and Robert make their way out of the city and into the suburbs with their teenage daughter Morgan (Gabby Baldacchino).

“And all the fans from the original Enchanted, hopefully they’ll be happy to see this one as well. It has been a long time coming,” Marsden said.

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