Disney's "Descendants" movie has found the son of Cruella de Vil. "Jessie" actor Cameron Boyce is set to play Carlos, the naughty offspring of the would-be puppy skinner. He might be a bad seed, but he'll be offered a chance at redemption when he attends a very special prep school.
According to an April 25 report by Just Jared Jr., the cast of the Disney Channel movie is rounded out by "Twilight" star Booboo Stewart, "Liv and Maddie" actress Dove Cameron, fresh face Sofia Carson, and newcomer Ben Mitchell. Mitchell plays Ben, the do-gooder son of Beauty and the Beast. Ben knows that villains can change – after all, his dad is a reformed bad guy. So when the young prince gets to make his first proclamation as the future ruler of his land, he decides to give the offspring of some famous Disney villains a chance to redeem themselves.
Dove Cameron might look more like Rapunzel from "Tangled," but she's actually playing one of the evil offspring. She stars as Mal, the daughter of "Sleeping Beauty" villain Maleficent. Sofia Carson stars as Evvie, the daughter of the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and Booboo Stewart plays Jay, the son of "Aladdin" baddie Jafar. Carlos and his pals have been exiled on an island with other Disney villains, but Ben decides to invite them to the good guys' prep school so that they won't become evil like their parents.
At their new school, the descendants will encounter Disney heroes like Mulan, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. These heroes are probably teaching classes, so perhaps their angelic kids will also make an appearance in the movie. But will being surrounded by so much good make the descendants turn away from the dark side, or will they decide that they still want to be future Disney villains?
Disney villains are very big right now. The ABC series "Once Upon a Time" already successfully brought together beloved baddies like the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Beast, and the Queen of Hearts. Its spinoff, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," featured Jafar and the Red Queen. Fans will also get to see the softer side of Sleeping Beauty's tormentor in "Maleficent," and they saw a fairytale villain (the Snow Queen) re-imagined as a heroine in "Frozen."
These fairytale TV series and movies all feature villains being redeemed or re-imagined as sympathetic characters, so it seems as though fairytale fans are really embracing the idea of multifaceted baddies and second chances. Disney Channel's "Descendants" is going to continue this intriguing trend, so it will most likely be a big hit when it hits the small screen sometime in 2015.