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

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.

Disney’s 'Descendants': Meet the kids of Maleficent, Jafar, and Cruella de Vil -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Ever wonder what kind of a mother Cruella de Vil would be? You’ll find out in Disney Channel’s newest original movie Descendants, a live-action endeavor starring the children of some of the Mouse House’s most iconic heritage characters.

In the musical adventure comedy (due on your TV in 2015), the kingdom’s worst baddies have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost, a remote prison cut off from the world. After 20 years, Ben—the son of Belle and the Beast, and heir apparent to the throne—makes his first proclamation to free the children of the villains and offer them redemption. Thus, we meet our main quartet— Mal (Dove Cameron), Jay (Booboo Stewart), Evie (Sofia Carson) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce)—as they attend a prep school where they encounter other offspring of Disney heroes (including Mulan’s daughter Lonnie, Cinderella’s son Chad, and Dopey’s son Doug).

Will the teens carry out their parents’ evil wishes, or will they forge their own identities? Whether or not they do, at least we know that they’ll look ever so similar to their famous parents. Check out a first look at Descendants, which also stars Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent, Kathy Najimy as the Evil Queen, Maz Jobrani as Jafar, and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella de Vil.


Image Credit: Bob D’Amico/DISNEY CHANNEL

'Descendants': The Disney Channel rounds out its villainous cast

The Disney Channel’s Descendants has rounded out its cast of villains with Maz Jobrani (The Interpreter) Aladdin‘s Jafar, Kathy Najimy (Sister Act) as Snow White‘s Evil Queen, Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game) as 101 Dalmation‘s Cruella de Vil, and Melanie Paxson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Cinderella‘s Fairy Godmother. READ FULL STORY

Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney's original movie 'Descendants'

Make way, Angelina Jolie!

Former Wicked witch Kristin Chenoweth has signed on to play Sleeping Beauty baddie Maleficent in Disney’s upcoming original movie Descendants, which follows the teenage children of Disney’s iconic heroes and villains (mainly the villains). The Tony and Emmy winner will butt heads with her onscreen daughter Mal, played by Liv and Maddie star Dove Cameron.

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 Cruelle de Vil; and Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast.



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