The newest Disney Channel Original Movie is asking you to think things you never thought about your favorite Disney characters.
The network has announced that casting is now under way for a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy called Descendants that explores the teenage lives of the children of some of Disney’s greatest villain characters.
Here’s the scoop: Beast and Belle rule over an idyllic kingdom with their kind teenage son, who looks to be taking the throne, but his first proclamation involves a shot at redemption for the misbehaving kids of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Jafar (named Carlos, Mal, Evvie, and Jay, respectively).
The teens attend the kingdom’s hottest prep school alongside other famous offspring, including the children of the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Mulan. The villainous teens face a dilemma of nature vs. nurture, and whether they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps or embrace their own inner hero.
The film comes from a script by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, and will be helmed by Emmy winner Kenny Ortega, who knows his way around a DCOM — he’s the director/choreographer behind High School Musical.
Now, any fan of the Disney lexicon is no doubt having trouble coping with this news. Is it scary to see our favorite characters have children and wonder how said offspring were conceived? YES. But is it also perhaps the most glorious idea ever, and a must-watch when it premieres in 2015? ALSO YES. The most exciting part is thinking about what other crazy characters we’ll see hit the screen, and who their parents might be (think Once Upon a Time: The High School Years). Cinderella and Prince Charming? Aladdin and Jasmine? Ariel and her regal boo?!
What do you think? Which characters would you like to see in Descendants?