‘Wanted 2’ Director Says Angelina Jolie’s Character Will Return

How do you make a sequel to a movie in which almost every main character winds up dead? According to one report from a Russian news outlet, “Wanted” director Timur Bekmabetov plans to answer that very question by bringing back Angelina Jolie and possibly others in the next installment.

Bekmabetov told RIA Novosti, a Russian news site, that he’s already begun preparations for “Wanted 2,” a sequel to the 2008 actioneer based on Mark Millar and J.G. Jones’ comic book. According to the site, the director promised the return of Jolie, despite her character’s send-off in the first movie.

Other characters could potentially return as well, said the director, including Kostya Khabenskiy’s role as the Exterminator.

“We’ll think about it,” Bekmabetov said, courtesy of Russia-IC’s translation. “We might possibly resurrect him as well.”

There are still others who’d love a shot at returning to the Evan Spiliotopoulos-penned sequel — specifically the Gunsmith himself, as played by “Terminator Salvation” and one-time “Green Lantern” contender Common.

Other characters are probably less likely to return. Morgan Freeman was the first film’s secret villain, having initially served a mentor role to protagonist Wesley Gibson. In the sequel, it’s expected that Terence Stamp would have a larger part to play, potentially fulfilling a similar advisory capacity — or even boasting Freeman’s own duplicitous nature.

Whatever the case may be, our answers on the “Wanted 2″ front should be coming soon, as Bekmabetov said that the film will begin preparations in July.

“In July, we will start preparation for the film. I think in late autumn or winter, shooting will be performed,” said the director. “The shooting will take place in America, India and Russia.”

Do you think Angelina Jolie will really return? Who else would you like to see in a “Wanted” sequel?