Disney is no stranger to reinventing the adaptations that they have made of classic stories and fairy tales. Their recent film, Maleficent, took the Disney version of the iconic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and twisted it (a la Wicked) to present a new version of events. And now Disney is attempting to cash in on the young teen market with a new TV film, Descendants. Descendants will feature the stories of the children of their famous film characters—both heroes and villains.
The basic premise of Descendants, which will be a TV film, is this:
The villains of the famous Disney films (including witches, evil queens, and stepsisters) have been imprisoned on a secluded island to keep them from making trouble and attempting to stop happy endings. Years after their imprisonment, the son of Belle and Beast is approaching adulthood and is poised to take the throne as the new king of the land.
His first act as king is to offer a type of redemption for the children of the villains, who have also been forced to live on the island. They are invited to come to the exclusive high school attended by the children of the heroes in an attempt to prove that they are not villains and deserve to live their own lives. The villain’s children must decide whether to attempt to free their parents or stray from the path set before them and become truly good.
The cast of villains includes Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent and Dove Cameron as her daughter, Mal; Maz Jobrani as Jafar and Booboo Stewart as his son Jay; Kathy Najimy as The Evil Queen and Sofia Carson as her daughter, Evvie; and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella De Vil and Cameron Boyce as her son, Carlos.
The cast of ‘hero’ characters includes Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of the (so far uncast) Belle and Beast; Dianne Doan as Lonnie, the daughter of the (so far uncast) Mulan and Shang; Sarah Jeffrey as Audrey, the daughter of the (so far uncast) Aurora and Philip; Brenna D’Amico as Jane, the daughter of Melanie Paxson, who is playing the Fairy Godmother. The TV series will also feature Doug, the son of Dopey; Chad, the son of Cinderella; and Anxelin, the daughter of Rapunzel and Eugene—these roles have yet to be cast but will likely be announced in the near feature.