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Kristin Chenoweth cast as Maleficent in The Descendants

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Disney Channel's The Descendants has found its Maleficent.

Broadway, television and film star Kristin Chenoweth will play the iconic character in the live-action original TV movie centered on a group of Disney villains' teenage kids, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Descendants is set in a present-day idyllic kingdom, with the benevolent teenage son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle), Ben, poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil (Carlos), Maleficent (Mal), the Evil Queen (Evvie) and Jafar (Jay), who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with the other villains, sidekicks, evil stepmothers and stepsisters.

Expect Chenoweth's Maleficent to butt horns with her onscreen daughter Mal, played by Liv and Maddie's Dove Cameron. Rounding out the ensemble cast thus far is Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Mitchell Hope.

Descendants begins production in late May for a 2015 bow.

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vervain 1st-May-2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
i find her voice very irritating
onyxobsidian 1st-May-2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
My only real exposure to her is on Glee and I really hate her on it.

The rest of the gays seems to have a huge boner for her, and I've never seen Wicked, so maybe I'm missing out? Other than that I find her kind of irritating.
diosabellissima 1st-May-2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I just don't get how people rave over her when her voice is so obnoxious.
logan_lerman 1st-May-2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
i'll probably watch this tbh
beatlesluv 1st-May-2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
Same. Sounds interesting :D
klutzy_girl 1st-May-2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love this casting! Really looking forward to seeing the movie, even though it'll be on Disney.
anchellada 1st-May-2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
hmmmm i like her but she seems more like a little fairy princess type character though lol
ophiodeiros 1st-May-2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
lmao ia. how she gonna intimidate anyone with her 151 cm figure
rarkon 1st-May-2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
mte

Add her chipmunk voice to that...
transientv 1st-May-2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
I love her smf but... ~interesting casting choice.
toastieghostie 1st-May-2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Here for this, but I can't help thinking that they couldn't have just switched franchises and done a Runaways movie. >__>

I'll watch it anyway but I think this would be better as a TV show.
wauwy 1st-May-2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
what.
yummyhead2toe 1st-May-2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
Twill probably be like Mila Kunis being cast as The Wicked Witch. Her voice was too distracting to take her seriously.
minks 1st-May-2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
yes, girlfriend need some voice coaching to go along with her acting, her Wicked witch was just not on point and all I saw was Mila dressed as a mini hulk
neaira 1st-May-2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
You know that one sarcastic asshole that suggested Kristen Chenoweth in the casting room is weeping softly in the corner.
redsprings 1st-May-2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
Um. She's way too obnoxiously saccharine to pull off Maleficent. What kind of flop casting...


walkintowalls99 1st-May-2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
What kind of flop casting for the unnecessary live action movie as well.

She's already flawless right here. Leave it at that.
redsprings 1st-May-2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
Eh, I wasn't on board with Jolie either at first but the trailers convinced me that she has the mystique and presence to handle the character well enough. Still wish they would've gone with someone older, though.
mjspice 1st-May-2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Nah Jolie looks & does the part well tbh. I'm not sure about this tho.....
insaynejayne 1st-May-2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
This.
minks 1st-May-2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
How dare you speak ill of Queen Angelina! she has the chops for this
ophiodeiros 1st-May-2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
looks like it's gonna be a comedic spin on it tho. villains with kids, so idk she can be an obnoxious maleficent not cool enough for her teenage daughter or sth.
coconut_theory 1st-May-2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Eww. She is way too perky to be Maleficent. Also her voice is fucking annoying and oh-so-wrong for this role.

I will probably try to watch this. No guarantees on whether I succeed. Especially considering this news.
lady_of_elves 1st-May-2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
Maleficent always terrified me.
angi_is_altered 1st-May-2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
So...basically Once Upon A Time: The Later Years.
therearewords 1st-May-2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Ehhh.. okay?
endingonfire 1st-May-2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
I wonder how cheap this will look.
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