Paolo Montalban has joined the cast of Descendants: The Rise of Red. This movie was formerly known as The Pocketwatch. He will be portraying King Charming, Cinderella’s devoted husband, in the film. This will have him reuniting with Brandy in this newest installment of the Descendants franchise. The two are parents to Chloe who is portrayed by Malia Baker. Motalban and Brandy both originally appeared together as Cinderella and Prince Charming in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 1997 for Walt Disney Television. Decades later, now King Charming is still as in love with Cinderella as ever.
Montalban joins previously announced cast members Kylie Cantrall (Disney’s Gabby Duran and the Unsittables) as Red, Malia Baker (The Babysitters Club) as Chloe, Brandy (Queens) as Cinderella, Rita Ora (Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight) as “The Queen of Hearts,” China Anne McClain (Disney’s Descendants 2 and Descendants 3) as Uma, Dara Reneé (Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical: the Series) as Uliana, Ruby Rose Turner (Disney’s Coop and Cami Ask the World) as Bridget/Young Queen of Hearts, Morgan Dudley (Jagged Little Pill on Broadway) as Ella/Young Cinderella, Joshua Colley (Senior Year) as Hook, Melanie Paxson (Descendants franchise) as Fairy Godmother, Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso) as Principal Merlin and Leonardo Nam (Westworld) as Maddox Hatter.
The announcement was made on social media in the following post:
Descendants: The Rise of Red Description
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 “Descendants: The Rise of Red” 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.”
“Descendants: The Rise of Red” follows the story of Red, the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts, and Chloe, Cinderella’s perfectionist daughter. When the tyrannical Queen of Hearts incites a coup against Auradon, polar opposites Red and Chloe must join forces and travel back in time to undo the traumatic event that set Red’s mother down her villainous path.
Lauded filmmaker Jennifer Phang (“Advantageous,” “Half-Life,” “Foundation,” “The Flight Attendant”) is the director and co-executive producer of “Descendants: The Rise of Red,” and the script was written by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer (“Magic: The Gathering”). Returning to the franchise is production designer Mark Hofeling (“Descendants,” “Zombies,” “High School Musical”). Suzanne Todd (“Noelle”) and Gary Marsh are executive producers and the casting directors are Alexis Frank Koczara and Christine Smith Shevchenko (“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”).
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