Actress/Singer of stage and screen Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies, Glee) has been chosen by Disney to be the villainous Maleficent in the mega-corp’s TV movie Descendants which puts a slightly different spin on the Sleeping Beauty tale. This one will center on her daughter Mal, portrayed by young up-comer Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie). Mal forms a bond with the offspring of other famous Disney villains.
The telepic will air on The Disney Channel sometime in 2015. This television presentation of the Maleficent offspring story will not compete with Disney’ s big screen version starring Angelina Jolie in the title role in a more adult-oriented version of the familiar tale. The theatrical version will open worldwide beginning May 30, 2014.