Brandy to Play Cinderella Again in ‘Descendants’ Spinoff Movie

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Twenty five years after starring in the 1997 television movie Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Brandy will reprise her role as the fairytale character in a new Disney+ Descendants spinoff film titled The Pocketwatch.

The streaming service made the announcement on Monday, Nov. 21, saying British singer-songwriter Rita Ora is also joining the project as the Queen of Hearts from the “Alice in Wonderland” story.

The Pocketwatch is the latest entry in the massively popular Descendants franchise.

The first film, Descendants, was released as a Disney Channel original movie in 2015.

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It centered on the teenaged children of some of the best-known villains from Disney’s animated classics, and starred Dove Cameron, Booboo Stewart, the late Cameron Boyce, and Melanie Paxson.

Descendants 2 debuted in 2017, and Descendants 3 premiered in 2019.

The Pocketwatch follows the trilogy and centers on “polar opposites” Red (Kylie Cantrall) and Chloe (Malia Baker) — the daughters of the Queen of Hearts and Cinderella.

Per Disney, the two meet “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 cast of the spinoff movie also includes China Anne McClain as Uma, Dara Reneé as Ulyana, Joshua Colley as Hook, Morgan Dudley as Ella (Young Cinderella), Ruby Rose Turner as Bridget (Young Queen of Hearts), and Melanie Paxson will reprise her role as the Fairy Godmother.

Jennifer Phang is directing from a script written by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer.

A release date for The Pocketwatch will be announced later.

In August, Brandy took part in a Cinderella reunion special on ABC, marking the 25th anniversary of the TV movie co-starring the late Whitney Houston. Original cast members Whoopi Goldberg, Paolo Montalban, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander and Veanne Cox also joined the broadcast.