Disney Channel Conjures Up Kristin Chenoweth to Play Maleficent in 'Descendants'


Disney Channel Conjures Up Kristin Chenoweth to Play Maleficent in 'Descendants'


She may have played Glinda the Good Witch in the original Broadway production of 'Wicked,' but come 2015, Kristin Chenoweth will be conjuring up a much darker side of herself.

The actress has signed on to play 'Sleeping Beauty's popular baddie Maleficent in Disney’s upcoming original movie 'Descendants,' which looks to center around the teenage children of some of Disney’s most iconic fairytale villains and heroes.

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The Tony and Emmy winner will apparently butt heads with her onscreen daughter Mal (short for Maleficent?), played by 'Liv and Maddie' star Dove Cameron. The film is slated to begin production in late May and premiere sometime in 2015. It will be helmed by 'High School Musical' alum Kenny Ortega.

Aside from Chenoweth and Cameron, the cast also includes Booboo Stewart as Jay, son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen; Cameron Boyce as Carlos, son of Cruelle de Vil; and Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast.

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The movie will introduce the teenage progeny of Disney’s most famous meanies as they're sent off to the kingdom’s hottest prep school alongside other notable offspring, including the children of the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan and Rapunzel.

Here the teens must face the age-old dilemma of nature vs. nurture, and decide for themselves whether they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps or embrace their own inner hero. Just think of it like 'Once Upon a Time: The High School Years.'

- Kristin Chenoweth

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
May 1st, 2014, 9:22 am

Images courtesy of John Russo

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