Brandy Norwood to reprise her role as Cinderella in new 'Descendants' movie for Disney+
Brandy Norwood played Cinderella in the 1997 movie of the same name and will play the character again in 'The Pocketwatch'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Actress Brandy Norwood will put on her glass slippers again. The singer and actress will reprise her role as the fairytale heroine, who was first seen in the 1997 television movie 'Cinderella', in a new installment of the 'Descendants' franchise for Disney+, the Mouse House announced recently.
'The Pocketwatch' will follow 'Descendants 3' from 2019. The first film in the series, 2015’s 'Descendants', tells the story of the teenage children of some of the most well-known villains from Disney’s animated classics. Kylie Cantrall stars as Red, the rebellious teenage daughter of the Queen of Hearts, opposite Mia Baker as Chloe, the cheerful but naive daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming. They cross paths at a momentous celebration in the kingdom of Auradon when unexpected chaos breaks out. In order to prevent an impending coup, they must join forces to travel back in time via a magical pocket watch, created by the Mad Hatter’s son, to stop an event that would lead to grave consequences.
Along with Brandy, Rita Ora has been cast as the tyrannical Queen of Hearts. The two will be joined by China Anne McClain, Dara Reneé, Ruby Rose Turner, Morgan Dudley and Joshua Colley. Fan favorite Melanie Paxson will reprise her role as Fairy Godmother from the previous 'Descendants' movies.
Prior to this, in June, Brandy announced that she had signed with Motown Records, under which she is expected to release her eighth studio album. The 'Borderline' singer's work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award and an American Music Award.
'The Pocketwatch' is directed by Jennifer Phang and written by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer. Suzanne Todd and Gary Marsh executive produce with Phang co-executive producing. The previous films in the 'Descendant' franchise were accompanied by original music. The soundtrack for the first film peaked at number one in the country, the second peaked at number six, and the third peaked at number seven.
The upcoming film is the fourth installment and a speculated spin-off of the 'Descendants' franchise and is scheduled to be released on Disney+ with production beginning in early 2023. Many details of the film have not been revealed by creators yet.