Disney has officially announced the production of a sequel to their massively popular film, The Descendants. The sequel project is set begin production this summer for a 2017 premiere! The news about The Descendants 2 was announced by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Marsh released a statement saying,
“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.”
The Descendants was the No. 1 cable television movie of 2015 and the fifth highest-rated original movie ever on U.S. cable TV in Total Viewers. It is also the No. 1 Disney Channel Original Movie ever among kids in France, Netherlands, Belgium (south), Portugal, South Africa and Spain. In Italy, it is the No. 1 Disney Channel Original Movie ever among girls. So it is definitely not a surprise that the Disney Channel is opting for a follow up.
Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”), Cameron Boyce (“Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” “Jessie”), Booboo Stewart (X-Men Days of Future Past), Sofia Carson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) and Mitchell Hope will reprise their starring roles as Mal, Carlos, Jay, Evie and King Ben, respectively. China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) will join the cast as Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Casting will be announced soon for additional new characters including the progeny of villains Captain Hook and Gaston.
The Descedants 2 will see the return of Emmy Award-winning director Kenny Ortega as director, executive producer and choreographer.