The highly successful Descendants franchise from Disney has received official approval for a new installment. Descendants, the first movie in the series aimed at Disney’s tween audience, was released in 2015 and was followed by two sequels. The sons and daughters of iconic Disney princesses and villains are the main characters of this original musical with dance numbers. The main plot follows Mal, portrayed by Dove Cameron, Maleficent’s daughter, as she tries to give up her mischievous ways to win the affections of the kind-hearted Prince Ben, portrayed by Mitchell Hope, Belle, and the Beast’s son. With short films, a book series, and animated one-off stories like Descendants: The Royal Wedding from last year, the movie franchise has sparked what could be considered its universe.
Fans have been clamoring for adding a new official film to the canon even though the franchise has experienced its highest level of fanfare. Before the 2019 release of Descendants 3, one of the main cast members, Cameron Boyce, who played Carlos, Cruella De Vil’s son, unexpectedly passed away. This contributed significantly to the delay. However, Disney revealed two all-new movies were in production in September 2021. Disney has now made public the official plot and character information for one of those upcoming movies.
What Is Descendants?
The Descendants is a 2011 American musical television film directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega. The film stars Dove Cameron, Booboo Stewart, and Sofia Carson as the teenage children of the Disney villains. Cameron plays Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (played by Kristin Chenoweth); Stewart plays Jay, the son of Jafar; and Carson plays Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen. The film follows these teenagers as they attempt to find their place in Auradon, a land without villains.
Ortega pitched the idea for The Descendants to Disney Channel in 2010, and the project was approved. Casting began in early 2011, with the majority of the cast being hired in April 2011. Filming took place from July to September 2011 at locations on Oahu island in Hawaii. The film premiered on Disney Channel on July 31, 2011, and was watched by 6.2 million viewers. It generally received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. A sequel, Descendants 2, premiered on Disney Channel on July 21, 2017.
The film is told from the perspective of Mal (Dove Cameron), the daughter of Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth). In the film’s opening, she and her mother are seen living together in a dark and gloomy castle. When Maleficent is called away on business, she leaves Mal in the care of her trusted henchman, Diablo (Cheyenne Jackson).
Who Can Be In It?
The franchise’s outstanding adult cast, which joins the young actors, is largely responsible for its success. The parental cast includes Kathy Najimy as the Evil Queen, Keegan Connor Tracy as Belle, and Kristen Chenoweth as Maleficent. Descendants’ cross-generational appeal has contributed to the franchise’s longevity, as these well-known Disney icons evoke fond memories for the target demographic’s parents. It will be fascinating to see how the creators pay homage to more of Disney’s most recognizable characters by including classic songs.
Where To Watch Descendants?
Disney Channel is planning to air Descendants 4 sometime in 2023. Even so, if it airs on Disney Plus at all, it won’t be until early 2024. In general, this is due to Disney’s decision to release the Descendants movies on Disney Plus about six months after their Disney Channel premiere.
Descendants 4 Release Date
The fall is when production is anticipated to start, so 2023 is the anticipated release year. Although there have been no casting announcements yet, some familiar faces are probably coming back because the plot will expand on the world and characters that have already been introduced. Seven brand-new songs will be included in the movie, in addition to several well-known Disney classics. With this, we conclude our scoop on the upcoming Disney production, Descendants 4. As more information pops up, we will post an update for you here at Otakukart. Thanks for choosing us as your source of information. Please come back for more daily updates and until next time. See you soon!
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