Brandy is reviving her role as Cinderella for the Descendants sequel, The Pocketwatch.
Rita Ora, China Anne McClain, Kylie Cantrall, Malia Baker, Ruby Rose Turner, Morgan Dudley, Dara Reneé, and Joshua Colley have also been cast. Melanie Paxson will reprise her role as Fairy Godmother from the previous Descendants movies.
Jennifer Phang is the directing and co-executive producing the movie musical which takes place in the universe of the popular “The Descendants” franchise.
Per Disney, The Pocketwatch returns to these lands and also takes audiences through the rabbit hole to the hostile unincorporated territory of Wonderland, a magical, mysterious place made famous in Alice in Wonderland.
Written by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer, The Pocketwatch finds polar opposites Red and Chloe crossing paths at a momentous celebration in Auradon when unexpected chaos breaks out. In order to prevent an impending coup, they must join forces to travel back in time, via a magical pocket watch created by the Mad Hatter’s son, to stop an event that would lead to grave consequences.
Cantrall is Red, the rebellious 16-year-old daughter of the Queen of Hearts. Red knows she’ll never get the Queen’s approval, so she finds ways to provoke her mother and stir up trouble. Baker plays Chloe, the cheerful 16-year-old daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming, who is book smart and athletic, but her privilege makes her somewhat naive about the real world.
Brandy plays Cinderella, the classic Disney character, who is elegant, warm, good-hearted and diplomatic. Brandy first portrayed this role in the 1997 Disney TV movie Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Ora portrays the withholding, tyrannical “Queen of Hearts,” who rules over the kingdom of Wonderland with an iron fist.
McClain returns as Uma, daughter of the infamous sea-witch Ursula, a role she previously played in Descendants 2 and 3. Strong and fierce, Uma always fights for what she thinks is right.
Reneé is Ulyana, the younger sister of Ursula. She’s a teen sea-witch and mean-girl bully with eight wicked tentacles and a crew of lackeys. Turner portrays Bridget/Young Queen of Hearts,” who is sweet-natured, bubbly, generous, and the complete opposite of her grown-up self.
Dudley is Ella/Young Cinderella, who is blunt, pragmatic and has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about being forced to work for her wicked stepmother.
Colley plays Hook, one of Ulyana’s sycophants, a rich kid with a hoop earring and a shiny hook where his left hand should be. His arrogance is only surpassed by his vanity.
Returning to the franchise is production designer Mark Hofeling. Suzanne Todd and Gary Marsh are executive producers and the casting directors are Alexis Frank Koczara and Christine Smith Shevchenko.