Disney ‘Descendants’ Spinoff to Star Brandy as Cinderella

Break out the glass slippers, because Brandy will reprise her role as Princess Cinderella in the all-new Disney Descendants spinoff the Pocketwatch.

Originally, the renowned actress/vocalist played the humble heroine in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997), a Disney television feature film. The fairytale retelling quickly became a classic amongst fans, who especially praised the film for its diversity in casting. For example, Brandy acted alongside co-stars Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg, plus Paolo Montalban as Prince Charming.

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In an interview with Variety, Brandy said “working with such a diverse, multi-cultural cast” was “a dream come true.” You can view her full interview below:

Now, the dream is alive once again, as Disney releases their full cast for the upcoming Disney+ original film The Pocketwatch. It will continue the story established in the first three Disney Channel Descendants films, which follow the children of well-known Disney heroes and villains in a modern fantasy universe called Auradon.

What’s more, the first three films focused on the children of Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella de Vil, and Snow White’s Evil Queen. However, perhaps due to the tragic sudden death of lead Cameron Boyce in 2019, this film will feature an all-new cast of characters, with only former antagonist Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid (1989) played by China Anne McClain, returning.

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Director Jennifer Phang and writers Russell Sommer and Dan Frey will follow the unlikely partnership of Cinderella’s daughter Chloe (Malia Baker) and Red (Kylie Cantrall), the daughter of the Queen of Hearts, who use a magical pocket watch to stop a coup in Auradon.

In addition to Brandy’s Cinderella, Morgan Dudley will play her younger counterpart, and Melanie Paxson will play the Fairy Godmother. Plus, the cast also includes Rita Ora, Ruby Rose Turner Bridget, Joshua Colley, and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Dara Rene√©. Moreover, Suzanne Todd and Gary Marsh are to executive produce alongside Phang.

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Are you excited to see Brandy’s return as Disney’s Cinderella in The Pocketwatch? Until we have more information on this sequel, fans can delight in all three Descendants films and 1997’s Cinderella with an active Disney+ subscription.


About Spencer Beck

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the halls of the Walt Disney Family Museum, and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @pinknpurble everywhere.