A sequel to the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants has officially been greenlit by the House of Mouse, with Descendants 2 slated for a 2017 premiere.
The sequel will continue to tell the story of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains.
Descendants was the number-one cable television movie of 2015 and is the leading Disney Channel Original Movie ever among kids in France, the Netherlands, Belgium (south), Portugal, South Africa and Spain.
Descendants director Kenny Ortega, also of High School Musical fame, will return as director, executive producer and choreographer for the sequel. And Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie), Cameron Boyce (Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything), 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.
Meanwhile, China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm) is joining 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 from Beauty and the Beast.
In terms of consumer demand for the brand, Disney Publishing’s sequel book Return to the Isle of the Lost, penned by Melissa de la Cruz, entered the New York Times Best Sellers List for middle grade hardcover at number two last week. Disney Channel’s animated spin-off Descendants: Wicked World debuted last September.