Descendants: The Rise of Red
Written by
  • Dan Frey
  • Russell Sommer
Directed byJennifer Phang
StarringKylie Cantrall
Malia Baker
China Anne McClain
Dara Reneé
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJuly 12, 2024 (2024-07-12)

Descendants: The Rise of Red is an upcoming musical fantasy film directed by Jennifer Phang from a screenplay by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer. Produced by Disney Channel, the film will be the fourth in the Descendants franchise, being a spin-off of the previous three films. The film will debut on July 12, 2024 on Disney+ and August 9, 2024 on Disney Channel.[1][2][3]

Kylie Cantrall and Malia Baker star in the roles of Red (daughter of Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland) and Chloe Charming (daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming from Cinderella), respectively. China Anne McClain and Melanie Paxton reprise their roles of Uma and Fairy Godmother, respectively, from previous Descendants films. Cinderella and King Charming are played by Brandy and Paolo Montalban, who previously played versions of the characters in the 1997 television adaptation of Cinderella.


Red, daughter of the Queen of Hearts, and Chloe, daughter of Cinderella and King Charming, team up to travel in time with the White Rabbit's pocketwatch to undo a traumatic event that caused the queen to go down an evil path. They also must prevent a catastrophic coup set on Auradon by the Queen of Hearts.[4]


See also: List of Descendants characters


On August 18, 2021, following the release of the animated special Descendants: The Royal Wedding, Lauren Kisilevsky, Disney Branded Television's Senior Vice President of Original Movies, responded to questions regarding the special's cliffhanger by saying that "[t]he tease is a tease", and was added due to the Descendants films ending with hints at additional stories, and also said that "Disney Channel will see where [they] get with the franchise".[8]

On September 21, 2021, a fourth Descendants film was confirmed to be in development as part of an overall deal between Disney and former Disney Branded Television president Gary Marsh's production company.[9] By May 2022, the film was greenlight by Disney+ as a spin-off under the working title of The Pocketwatch. Jennifer Phang was hired as director and co-executive producer, with Dan Frey and Russell Sommer writing the screenplay and Marsh executive-producing.[4]

On March 21, 2023, the official title for the film was announced as Descendants: The Rise of Red.[10][11]


Filming for Descendants: The Rise of Red began in Early January 2023 under its working title The Pocketwatch.[4] Mark Hofeling return from the original trilogy as production designer.[4] Phang said she wants the choreography during action sequences to still be able to tell an emotional story. For Wonderland's design, Phang used Alice in Wonderland (1951) as a reference while also drawing inspiration from her previous filmmaking experience.[12] Filming took place in Atlanta beginning at the end of January 2023 with plans to run through mid-March.[13][5]


The featured cast announced at the 2022 D23 Expo included China Anne McClain, who is returning to portray Uma, with Kylie Cantrall (as Red) and Dara Reneé (as Ulyana) joining the cast of the film.[14] In November 2022, casting announcement revealed that Brandy Norwood was returning as Cinderella after playing the role in the 1997 film Cinderella and Melanie Paxson returned to the franchise as the Fairy Godmother. New cast members to the franchise were Rita Ora as the Queen of Hearts as well as Malia Baker, Ruby Rose Turner, Morgan Dudley, and Joshua Colley.[15] After filming had begun, Jeremy Swift and Leonardo Nam were announced as cast additions in February 2023.[5] In March 2023, was announced that Paolo Montalban was cast as King Charming, who like Norwood, played a version of the character in the 1997 film Cinderella.[16]

Visual effects

According to Phang, visual effects will be used to "enhance" the locations featured in the film.[12]


Descendants: The Rise of Red is set to feature both 7 original songs and songs from animated Disney films.[4] The first single "What's My Name (Red Version)" was released on April 26, 2024, along with the pre-order of the soundtrack. The soundtrack will be released on July 12, 2024, to coincide with the film's release.[17]


Descendants: The Rise of Red is set to release on Disney+ on July 12, 2024, followed by the Disney Channel premiere on August 9, 2024.[18]


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