Disney Channel confirmed they’re moving forward on Descendants 2, the sequel to the network’s #1 cable made-for-television film of 2015. Kenny Ortega is returning to direct, choreograph, and executive produce the sequel, with the original Descendants stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson, and Mitchell Hope reprising their lead roles. Joining the cast for Descendants 2 is China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm) who’ll be playing Uma, Ursula from The Little Mermaid‘s daughter. According to the network’s official announcement, actors are still being cast to play the children of Captain Hook and Gaston.
“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,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. Filming’s expected to begin soon and Disney Channel’s targeting a 2017 premiere.
Descendants writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (The Starter Wife, Runaway Bride) wrote the script for Descendants 2. Parriott and McGibbon are also executive producing along with Wendy Japhet (The Italian Job). Also returning for the sequel are costume designer Kara Saun and production designer Mark Hofeling. Tony Testa (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) has come on board to team up with Ortega to choreograph the sequel.
The original Descendants was “a modern-day coming-of-age adventure about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains.” Disney Channel hasn’t released details on the plot of the sequel.