Brandy is set to return to the role of Cinderella as she will star in Disney+‘s upcoming Descendants franchise film, The Pocketwatch. She reprises the role that she played in 1997’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Rita Ora has also been cast in the role of the evil Queen of Hearts from ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Brandy and Ora join previously-announced cast members. Malia Baker, Ruby Rose Turner, Morgan Dudley and Joshua Colley and Melanie Paxson have also been added. Character descriptions are as follows: Brandy as “Cinderella,” the classic Disney character, who is elegant, warm, good-hearted and diplomatic. Ora as the withholding, tyrannical “Queen of Hearts,” who rules over the kingdom of Wonderland with an iron fist. Cantrall as “Red,” the rebellious 16 year-old daughter of the Queen of Hearts. Red knows she’ll never get the Queen’s approval, so she finds ways to provoke her mother and stir up trouble. Baker as “Chloe,” the cheerful 16 year-old daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming, who is book smart and athletic, but her privilege makes her somewhat naive about the real world. McClain returns as “Uma,” daughter of the infamous sea-witch Ursula, a role she previously played in “Descendants 2” and ”Descendants 3.” Strong and fierce, Uma always fights for what she thinks is right. Reneé as “Ulyana,” the younger sister of Ursula. She’s a teen sea-witch and mean-girl bully with eight wicked tentacles and a crew of lackeys. Turner as “Bridget/Young Queen of Hearts,” who is sweet-natured, bubbly, generous, and the complete opposite of her grown-up self. Dudley as “Ella/Young Cinderella,” who is blunt, pragmatic and has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about being forced to work for her wicked stepmother. Colley as “Hook,” one of Ulyana’s sycophants, a rich kid with a hoop earring and a shiny hook where his left hand should be. His arrogance is only surpassed by his vanity. Watch Video Paxson returns as “Fairy Godmother,” the wise and kind headmistress of Auradon Prep, who appeared in all three “Descendants” movies. Here’s the official description of the Descendants movies and its newest addition in ‘The Pocketwatch’: The “Descendants” movies unfurled an imaginative mythology of two new lands, idyllic Auradon and the ragtag Isle of the Lost, home to the teenage progeny of Disney’s most iconic characters and notably, its most notorious villains. The bold new story of “The Pocketwatch” returns to these lands and also takes 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 finds polar opposites Red and Chloe crossing paths at a momentous celebration in 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. The script for ‘The Pocketwatch’ was written by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer. Jennifer Phang serves as director and co-executive producer. Production designer Mark Hofeling also returns to the franchise. Alexis Frank Koczara and Christine Smith Shevchenko are the casting directors and Suzanne Todd and Gary Marsh are the executive producers.
In the wake of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers alum Jason David Frank’s death, Johnson — who is his former costar — spoke out about his passingin an Instagram Live on Monday. The 52-year-old actress and filmmaker broke down in tears upon doing so, saying how the whole situation “sucks so bad.”
“I just came on here because I was feeling really sad and really it’s really hitting home today what had happened and that he’s gone,” Johnson said through tears. “I don’t know. I just thought of all of you guys because I know how much you all meant to him and how much you guys are probably in the same amount of pain and so sad.”
She continued, “He was such a force and such a bright, bright, crazy, wild, funny light. I just can’t even believe it. My head hurts so bad.”
Johnson, who also performed a few emotional songs throughout the Live video, said she missed Frank “so stinking much.”
“All of his crazy voice messages on his suits, and then his sense of humor, his positivity. He was always just like constantly calling and texting me how proud he is of me,” she recalled. “I just [am] gonna miss him a lot as so many of you guys are too. We’re gonna miss them so much.”
Before wrapping up the Instagram Live with one final song, Johnson spoke about the importance of seeking help if you need it.
“Anybody who is out there who is feeling depressed and like there’s no hope, just know that that’s not the way and there is help and you do have a community here,” she said. “Just reach out. Reach out for help if you are feeling like that. F—. It f—ing sucks. Sorry for the swearing, but it really f—ing sucks. Sorry.”
“I know how much you all meant to Jason, and it sucks,” she added at the end of her session. “But we’re all going to be okay.”