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Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney Channel's 'Descendants'

Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney Channel's 'Descendants' © AP / Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney Channel's 'Descendants'

By Jethro Nededog

Disney Channel is bringing some extra "Wicked" to its upcoming original movie "Descendants."

Singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth has been cast in the role of "Sleeping Beauty" villain Maleficent in the live action movie, which will focus on the offspring of Disney's greatest villains as they begin to question the family business of evil.

As Maleficent, Chenoweth will work opposite her onscreen daughter Mal, who will be played by "Liv and Maddie" star Dove Cameron.

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Chenoweth played Glinda in Broadway's "Wicked." Her television credits include ABC's "GCB" and "Pushing Daisies," Fox's "Glee," and NBC's "The West Wing."

The movie also stars "Grown Ups" actor Cameron Boyce as Cruella De Vil's Son; "Twilight" alum Booboo Stewart, who'll play Jafar's son Jay; and newcomers Sofia Carson and Mitchell Hope will play the daughter of the the Evil Queen and the son of Belle and the Beast, respectively.

The live-action film, which is being directed by "High School Musical" vet Kenny Ortega, will begin production in late spring for a premiere next year.

CAA, Untitled Entertainment and attorney James Adams represent Chenoweth.

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