Disney Channel’s hit “Descendants” is getting a much deserved sequel. The network has confirmed that “Descendants 2” has been given the greenlight and will premiere on the network in 2017.
Descendants was Disney’s popular story following the children of famous Villains. The new installment, going by the name Descendants 2, will start filming this summer and will hit the network in 2017 with a few new characters. As for the returning cast, don’t worry, many of your favorites will still be featured front and center in the new installment. Kenny Ortega will return to direct, he will also serve as the executive producer, and choreographer on the series.
Shown above is Dove Cameron (Mal,) she is joined by Cameron Boyce (Carlos), Sofia Carson (Evie), and Booboo Stewart (Jay) will all reprise their roles in the sequel. The new series will also introduce Uma, Ursula’s daughter, which will be played by China Anne McClain. The story will also introduce the children of Gaston and Captain Hook, but those roles have not been cast at this time.
Disney Channel president and chief creative officer Gary Marsh said in a statement, “Just when you thought ‘Happily Ever After’ had come to the land of Auradon, Descendants 2 turns the page to reveal a whole new level of mystery and surprise.”
“Descendants” was a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges adolescent offspring face in living up to parental and peer expectations. With unexpected characterization, plot twists and turns, and dashes of wry humor, the movie was designed to appeal to kids and grownups alike as its story playfully presents the possibilities of what happened after the “happily ever after.”
The series was full of music and terrific performance from the young cast. The story is set in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon where Ben, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”), is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the trouble-making offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Jafar, who have been imprisoned on the forbidden Isle of the Lost for 20 years. These villainous descendants are allowed into Auradon for the first time to attend prep school alongside the teenage progeny of Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan.
As these sons and daughters of evil meet the children of goodness, their story incorporates empowering themes about self-confidence, finding the beauty within, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, teamwork, justice and empathy.
Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise, directed, choreographed and executive-produced the original movie, which was one of the most-viewed in 2015 when it premiered. The soundtrack was also a hit with fans, which included six original songs ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to a ballad and an urban pop rendition of “Be Our Guest” (from “Beauty and the Beast”).
The original cast included Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”) as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent; Booboo Stewart (“X-Men Days of Future Past”) as Jay, the son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen; and Cameron Boyce (“Jessie,” “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything”) as Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil. Mitchell Hope stars as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast. Bringing their acclaimed talent in comedy and improvisation, are Tony-Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked,” “Glee”) as Maleficent, Kathy Najimy (“Hocus Pocus”) as the Evil Queen, Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game”) as Cruella de Vil and Maz Jobrani (“The Interpreter”) as Jafar.
The worlds of pristine Auradon and the desolate Isle of the Lost were designed by Mark Hofeling (“Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”) and the costumes were designed by Kara Saun (“Project Runway,” “America’s Best Dance Crew”).
You can get a look at the new characters coming to Descendants 2 on Disney’s blog.