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Disney Greenlights ‘Descendants’ Sequel

Disney has greenlit a sequel to its successful 2015 original movie Descendants, the network said Friday.

The movie, which drew 6.6 million viewers in its July 2015 premiere, will bring back the original movie’s stars for the sequel, including Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson, and Mitchell Hope. The network will also add China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm) to the sequel in the role of Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, said network officials.

Emmy Award-winning director Kenny Ortega (Descendants, High School Musical franchise) will return as director, executive producer and choreographer, said the network.

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