The live-action TV movie will feature a string of other villains including Jafar and Cruella De Vil.
Disney Channel is bringing some extra Wicked to its upcoming original TV movie Descendants. Singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth has been cast in the role of Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent in the live action movie, which will focus on the offspring of Disney’s greatest villains as they begin to question the family business of evil.
As Maleficent, Chenoweth will work opposite her onscreen daughter Mal, who will be played by Liv And Maddie star Dove Cameron.
Chenoweth, 45, played Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked. Her television credits include ABC’s GCB and Pushing Daisies, Fox’s Glee, and NBC’s The West Wing. The movie also stars Grown Ups actor Cameron Boyce as Cruella De Vil’s Son, Twilight alum Booboo Stewart, who’ll play Jafar’s son Jay, and newcomers Sofia Carson and Mitchell Hope will play the daughter of the Evil Queen and the son of Belle and the Beast, respectively.
The live-action film, which is being directed by High School Musical vet Kenny Ortega, will begin production in late spring for a premiere next year. — Reuters