Disney Channel has just cast “Beauty and the Beast’s” teenage son Ben in “Descendants” … and he clearly gets all his good looks from his mother’s side of the family.
Meet Australian newcomer Mitchell Hope, who joins the contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters — notably its most evil villains — to introduce their progeny, a modern-day generation of teenagers who will ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.
The 19-year-old will play Ben, the benevolent teenage son of the King and Queen … a.k.a. Beast and Belle. Ben is poised to take the throne in a present-day idyllic kingdom, and his first proclamation is to offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Jafar, who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.
Hope’s casting comes after Disney Channel star Dove Cameron joined the cast as Maleficent’s daughter Mal. While “Descendants” is not a musical, there will be a lot of singing in the movie … and Dove’s role will call for singing as well.
“Descendants” is poised for a 2015 premiere. What do you think of Hope as Beast and Belle’s son Ben?