Disney Channel Orders “Descendants: The Royal Wedding” Animated Special Starring Sofia Carson

Sofia Carson is getting animated…

Disney Channel has ordered Descendants: The Royal Wedding, an animated special starring the 27-year-old Colombian American actress/singer as Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen.

Sofia Carson

In addition to Carson, the Descendants special, set to premiere this summer, will feature a number of stars including Dove Cameron and Booboo Stewart.

The special will also pay memory to late cast member Cameron Boyce. The actor, who appeared as Carlos, died in July 2019 of epilepsy. He was 20. The absence of Boyce’s character will also be acknowledged.

Descendants: The Royal Wedding will follow Auradon’s epic social event, the marriage between Cameron’s Mal and Mitchell Hope’s Ben. Also reprising their roles for the special are Sarah Jeffery, Melanie Paxson, China Anne McClain, Jedidiah Goodacre, Anna Cathcart, Dan Payne, Bobby Moynihan and Cheyenne Jackson.

Descendants introduced a fantasy world of stories and characters anchored in Disney mythology. For the past six years, it captivated young viewers and grew to become among Disney Channel’s biggest entertainment franchises ever. It had the benefit of immensely talented stars, who we now welcome back for this animated ‘Royal Wedding’ special that will bridge the audience to what we hope will be a new chapter of compelling ‘Descendants’ stories and characters yet to come,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Branded Television.

Descendants: The Royal Wedding, by Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon and Ricky Roxburgh, is based on the Descendants movies by Parriott and McGibbon.  The special is produced by Le Cube with Salvador Simó is set to direct.

Sofia Carson to Star in Netflix’s Dance Film “Feel the Beat”

Sofia Carson is feelin’ the beat…

The 26-year-old Colombian American actress and singer  and Descendants star is set to star in Feel the Beat, a Netflix dance film being directed by Elissa Down.

Sofia Carson

The plot follows April (Carson), who, after failing to find success on Broadway, returns to her small hometown and reluctantly is recruited to train a misfit group of young dancers for a big competition.

In addition to Carson, the ensemble family film will also star Wolfgang NovogratzDonna Lynne ChamplinEnrico ColantoniLidya JewettEva Hauge, Johanna ColónSadie LapidusShiloh Nelson, Shaylee MansfieldJustin AllanKai ZenCarina Battrick, Brandon Kyle GoodmanKen PakDennis Andresand Amy Stewart.

Emmy-winning choreographer and former So You Think You Can Dance judge Mia Michaels is choreographing the film, which was written by Michael Armbruster and Shawn Ku

Filming is underway in Toronto. 

Carson soon will be seen reprising her role as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White, in Descendants 3, which will premiere in August.

Her other credits include appearances on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars spinoff PLL: The PerfectionistsFamous in Love, and Adventures in Babysitting.

Ortega to Direct the Disney Channel’s Live-Action Original Movie “Descendants”

Kenny Ortega will be bringing some evil descendants to life…

The 63-year-old Latino producer, director and choreographer, best known for directing the High School Musical trilogy, will be returning to the Disney Channel to helm the network’s Descendants.

Kenny Ortega

The network’s first live-action original movie tapping into Disney’s vault of classic fairytale characters, the contemporary adventure-comedy centers on the offspring of some of Disney’s most evil villains, introducing a modern generation of teenagers who question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.

“We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves,” said Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. “The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

Descendants

Written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, Descendants is set in a present-dayidyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma: Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Casting is currently underway, overseen by High School Musical casting directors Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, with production slated to begin in the spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel.

Parrilla’s Evil Queen Named Favorite Villain on Television

Lana Parrilla’s reign of terror on ABC’s instahit fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time could be called a rein of pleasure for millions of television viewers…

The 34-year-old half-Puerto Rican American actress’ character—the Evil Queen/Regina—was named Favorite Villain in TV Guide Magazine‘s Fan Favorites Awards.

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“As Regina, I come from a place of love, really, and fear of losing a son, and the threat posed by Emma Swan coming into this town. Sometimes, when you’re faced with that kind of threat, it doesn’t bring out the best in someone,” previously explained Parrilla about her character’s wicked ways.

Meanwhile, Once Upon a Timewhich received a full season pickup after the show’s first two episodes performed well beyond expectations—won Favorite New Show after all the thousands of vote on TV Guide’s Facebook page were tallied.

“This was a passion project for me and Adam [Horowitz],” says executive producer Eddie Kitsis. “We have a finale planned that is going to be so unexpected that the audience will be left wondering what happened.”

Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera’s The Voice bested Jennifer Lopez’s American Idol for the title of Favorite Singing Competition.

Click here for the complete list of winners.

Happily Ever After for Parrilla’s Evil Queen

ABC has only aired two episodes of Once Upon a Time… But the network has given the insta-hit show—starring Puerto Rican-American actress Lana Parrilla—a full-season pickup…

Once—a fairy tale drama about a group of fairy-tale characters trapped in a New England town—is the highest-rated new drama of the fall, averaging 12.3 million viewers and a strong 4.0 rating in the crucial Adults 18-49 demographic. And the show seems to be holding up well, despite stiff competition from NFL football and more.

Lana Parrilla

So what’s the key to the show’s success? Experts credit the series’ originality and family-friendly feel. By tapping into a family audience with its fanciful tale of a prince, a lonely adopted boy and Parrilla’s oh-so-evil queen, Once seems to be filling a void in primetime television. It’s a tale of good and evil, involving more than poisoned apples and sleeping curses. The fairy tale characters have been banished to live in the “real world” by the Evil Queen with no idea of their true identities.

Along with scene-stealer Parrilla as the Evil Queen and conniving town mayor Regina Mills, Once stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Parrilla doesn’t see her character as being that cruel or evil…

“As Regina, I come from a place of love, really, and fear of losing a son, and the threat posed by Emma Swan coming into this town. Sometimes, when you’re faced with that kind of threat, it doesn’t bring out the best in someone,” explains Parrilla. “She feels this kind of possession over Henry, and she really wants him to love her. But he hates her. He just hates her. And we’ll get into why, further down the road.”

And now that Once has been picked up for a full season, it looks like we’ll get the full story as the show progresses. And that’s a happily ever after the show’s growing fan base can really appreciate!

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays on ABC at 8:00 pm ET.

Images courtesy of ABC.

Parrilla Isn’t Afraid to Show Her “Evil” Side…

Once upon a time, Lana Parrilla couldn’t help but be completely fascinated by the Evil Queen in the animated Disney classic, “Snow White”… Now it’s her turn to fascinate audiences as the oh-so-wicked woman.

The 34-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress is starring as the Evil Queen in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” which premieres tonight. The new fairy tale drama series—based on Grimm’s fables and other tales—is a bold imagining of the world where fairy tales and the modern-day world collide.

“‘Once Upon a Time’ is about these two parallel worlds – one is the fairytale world and one is a contemporary world,” says Parrilla, who plays the Evil Queen, the person who cast the curse that sent them all to the real world, as well as Regina, the town’s sinister mayor.

“The Evil Queen is just so much fun to play. I think it’s just really interesting how the writers have created these parallel counterparts,” professes Parrilla, who has previously appeared on the television shows “24,” “Boomtown,” and “Miami Medical.”

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison also star in the highly anticipated show, which Parilla highly recommends you tune in to watch… or else!

“’cause if you don’t, I’m gonna cast a spell on you,” she adds!

“Once Upon a Time” premieres tonight at 8 pm ET/PT.