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Descendants

Disney Channel

The Descendants are coming back. Disney Channel has made Descendants 2 official with Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson and Mitchell Hope returning as the sons and daughters of infamous Disney villains. Joining them for the sequel is China Anne McClain who will play Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

The cast of Descendants 2 will also include the children of Peter Pan's Captain Hook and Beauty and the Beast's Gaston. Casting for those two roles will be announced at a later date.

Kenny Ortega is also returning to direct, executive produce and choreograph the sequel.

"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," Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement.

Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, the writers of the first flick, will return to pen the sequel and serve as executive producers. The first Descendants movie was the No. 1 cable television movie of 2015 and the fifth highest-rated original movie ever on US cable in terms of total viewers. The July premiere had 6.6 million viewers and nearly doubled to more than 12 million viewers when DVR playback was factored in.

Production on Descendants 2 will begin this summer with a 2017 premiere.