KristIn Chenoweth is set to play “Sleeping Beauty” villain Maleficent in the new Disney Channel original movie “Descendants.” Chenoweth’s witchy role will be nothing like Angelina Jolie’s current film, which hits theaters May 23.
Instead, the 45-year-old stars in a dark spin on the evil queen’s humble beginnings and quest for revenge.
“Descendants” will also star Dove Cameron as her daughter, Mal, “Twilight” actor Booboo Stewart as “Aladdin” villain Jafar’s son, Jay, and “Grown Ups” actor Cameron Boyce as Cruella de Ville’s son, Carlos.
There’s also teen representation from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White.”
Set to premiere in 2015, “Descendants” is Disney’s newest experiment in transforming its famous animated characters into live-action figures. The cast of the adventure comedy DCOM (that’s Disney Channel Original Movie) also includes Booboo Stewart as Jay, son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen; Cameron Boyce as Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil; and Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast.
In the film, the teenage progeny of Disney’s most famous meanies are sent to the kingdom’s hottest prep school alongside other notable offspring, including the children of the Fairy Godmother, Mulan, and Rapunzel, where they face a dilemma of nature vs. nurture (or, evil vs. relatively normal).
“High School Musical” director Kenny Ortega is on board to helm and direct the film, which is slated to begin production in late May.