mitchell hope cast as ben Disney's 'Descendants' casts Mitchell Hope as 'Beauty and the Beast's' teen son Ben

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?

Posted by:Sydney Bucksbaum