Descendants 2 Coming to Disney Channel in 2017

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Descendants 2 is coming to the Disney Channel, a new original movie hitting in summer 2017. The sequel to the top cable television movie of 2015 was likely a foregone conclusion, but was announced Friday morning by president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh.

"Just when you thought 'Happily Ever After' had come to the land of Auradon, Descendants 2 turns the page to reveal a whole new level of mystery and surprise," Marsh said in a press release. The sequel will feature the return of director Kenny Ortega, who directed the first, also serving as executive producer and choreographer for the film. Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon return as the writers (and EPs).

Descendants told the story of the children of Disney villains, trying to live their own lives outside the shadows cast by their parents.

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Dove Cameron ("Liv and Maddie"), Cameron Boyce ("Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything," "Jessie"), Booboo Stewart ("X-Men Days of Future Past"), Sofia Carson ("Adventures in Babysitting") and Mitchell Hope will reprise their starring roles as Mal, Carlos, Jay, Evie and King Ben, respectively. China Anne McClain ("A.N.T. Farm") will join the cast as Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and there will also be children of Captain Hook and Gaston cast and added soon.