Exclusive photo: Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent in Disney's 'Descendants'

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Image Credit: Jack Rowand/Disney Channel

Earlier this week, EW debuted a first look at the titular characters in Disney Channel’s original movie Descendants—the children of some of Disney’s iconic heritage characters who attend a prep school with other famous offspring (like Jane, daughter of the Fairy Godmother, and Audrey, the daughter of Sleeping Beauty).

Today, we’ve got another preview of the 2015 DCOM (that is, Disney Channel Original Movie). This time, it’s Kristin Chenoweth’s malevolent Maleficent who steals the focus.

“Who didn’t love to hate Maleficent?” says director Kenny Ortega, who helms Descendants after finding great success on another DCOM franchise, High School Musical. “You have the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth with this fantastic chemistry with Dove Cameron, who plays her daughter, and wonderful wit and good humor with Kathy Najimy, who plays her neighbor, the Evil Queen. It’s just a dream.”

In the movie, Maleficent is the only villain among those held prisoner on the Isle of the Lost who has not completely given up hope on conquering the kingdom. In the photo at hand, Maleficent is scolding her daughter Mal (Cameron) for not reaching her evil potential, while the Evil Queen’s daughter Evie (Sofia Carson), Cruella de Vil’s son Carlos (Cameron Boyce), and Jafar’s son Jay (Booboo Stewart) look on.

Descendants is slated to premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel.

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