Earlier this week, Disney+ announced that Brandy’s Cinderella and Paolo Montalban’s King Charming will be returning to star in the upcoming original movie, Descendants: The Rise of Red. On Friday, it was revealed that Alex Boniello, known for his role in Jessica Jones, will also be joining the cast as Jack of Diamonds. Boniello’s character is a captain in the Queen of Hearts’ Red Army, which features soldiers in military uniforms styled after playing cards. The new addition joins a star-studded cast that includes Kylie Cantrall, Malia Baker, Rita Ora, China Anne McClain, and more.
Descendants: The Rise of Red will follow the story of Red (Cantrall), the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts, and Chloe (Baker), the perfectionist daughter of Cinderella. When the tyrannical Queen of Hearts leads a coup against Auradon, Red and Chloe must work together and travel back in time to prevent the traumatic event that led Red’s mother down a villainous path. The film is being directed by Jennifer Phang, with a script by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer.
In other Disney news, the legacy of Cinderella is being celebrated as Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella marks its 25th anniversary. Imogen Lloyd Webber, SVP at Concord Theatricals, expressed excitement about the event, stating that the unforgettable score of Rodgers & Hammerstein is still enchanting listeners even 80 years after their partnership began and 65 years since Cinderella first charmed viewers on TV. The beloved televised movie musical stars Brandy in the title role, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, and features other notable stars such as Whoopi Goldberg and Bernadette Peters.
Disney+ is set to stream Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella exclusively starting on Friday, February 12. When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she receives some unexpected help from her Fairy Godmother. The 1997 movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert I. Freedman, and choreographed by Rob Marshall, with Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron serving as Executive Producers. Chris Montan was a Producer and Robyn Crawford was an Associate Producer.