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Disney's "Descendants" (TV movie) is a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney's heritage characters — notably its most evil villains — to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that's always been in their hearts.

Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson star as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains in this movie that — with a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales — fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations.

The notable cast also includes Mitchell Hope, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy and the Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth.

The story, set in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon, playfully presents the unexpected possibilities of what happens after the "happily ever after." As it unfolds, Ben, the benevolent teenage son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"), is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation is to offer a chance at redemption to Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the trouble-making offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Jafar, who have all been sequestered on the forbidden Isle of the Lost for 20 years. These villainous descendants are allowed into Auradon for the first time to attend prep school alongside the teenage progeny of Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan. Only time will tell if these evil teens follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents.

As these sons and daughters of evil meet the children of goodness, their story incorporates empowering themes about self-confidence, finding the beauty within, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, teamwork, justice and empathy.

Emmy Award-winning Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") directs, choreographs and executive-produces Disney's "Descendants." Wendy Japhet ("An Education," "The Italian Job") is also an executive producer. Paul Becker ("So You Think You Can Dance Canada") is the co-choreographer. The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writers on "The Starter Wife"; writers of "Runaway Bride"), who are also co-producers. Mark Hofeling ("Teen Beach Movie," "High School Musical") is the production designer and Kara Saun ("Project Runway") is the costume designer.

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Network: Disney Channel
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 120 mins.
Premiere Date: July 31, 2015

Disney's "Descendants" (TV movie) logo Casting Begins for Disney's 'Descendants' — To be directed by Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical"), the new original movie will introduce the teenage descendants of Disney's evil villains. Read more...

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