Earlier this week, it was revealed that production on the brand new “Descendants” spin-off movie that is currently going by the working title of “The Pocketwatch” has started.

The bold new story of “The Pocketwatch” will take audiences through the rabbit hole to the hostile unincorporated territory of Wonderland, a magical, mysterious place made famous in “Alice in Wonderland.”  The expansive new story introduces “Red,” the whip-smart and rebellious teenage daughter of the Queen of Hearts (“Alice in Wonderland”) and “Chloe,” the perfectionist and athletic daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming (“Cinderella”). In order to prevent an impending coup in Auradon – one that looms during the celebration of a new royal baby –, Red must join forces with Chloe to travel in back in time, via the White Rabbit’s pocket watch, to stop an event that would lead to grave consequences.

Brandy and Rita Ora will star in the film as Cinderella and the Queen of Hearts, with China Anne McClain playing “Uma”, Kylie Cantrall playing “Red” and Dara Reneé playing “Ulyana”.

Disney has announced that Jeremy Swift and Leonardo Nam have been cast as Principal Merlin and Maddox in the “Pocketwatch”.

Jeremy Swift will be playing the role of Principal Merlin, who is the principal of Merlin Academy, who does his best to use his own magic to keep powerful, dangerous magic away from his students.  Jeremy Swift has previously starred in the hit Apple series, “Ted Lasso” and Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns”.

Leonardo Nam is going to be playing the role of Maddox , who is the son of the Mad Hatter, working as the royal inventor-in-chief for the Queen of Hearts. He’s also Red’s inquisitive and irrepressibly curious tutor and friend.  Leonardo has previously starred in HBO’s “Westworld” and CBS’ “MacGyver”.

The new film will feature seven new songs, and a selection of classic Disney songs.

Jennifer Phang (“Advantageous,” “Half-Life,” “Foundation,” “The Flight Attendant”) is directing and is also a co-executive producer of the movie.   The film’s script is written by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer (“Magic: The Gathering”). Returning to the franchise is production designer Mark Hofeling (“Descendants,” “Zombies,” “High School Musical”). Gary Marsh is an executive producer, and the casting directors are Alexis Frank Koczara and Christine Smith Shevchenko (Disney Branded Television’s upcoming “The Naughty Nine,” “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” “black-ish” and “grown-ish”).

“The Pocketwatch” will be coming soon to Disney Channel and Disney+.

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