Filming for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants 2 is going to begin filming really soon, and a ton of your favorite actors from the first film are excited to be returning. Plus, some really awesome new cast members – like China McClain! – are joining the incredible cast. But there is quite the casting shakeup happening right now!
Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, and Mitchell Hope were all confirmed to return as the main five characters, Mal, Evie, Jay, Carlos, and Ben. But beyond that, there are some fan-favorite roles not being featured in the sequel.
Actress Sarah Jeffrey shared that her character Audrey will not be back. After fans on Twitter circulated news that she was not asked to return for the second film, she took to her own account to wish the D2 cast all the best.
Just want to also say I wish the cast of Descendants 2 the best and I know they'll do a stellar job 🤗💕 xo— Sarah Jeffery (@sarahmjeffery3) August 12, 2016
So, all of this hullaballoo started when the movie's iconic director Kenny Ortega shared a photo on Instagram from an open casting call the film was holding to recruit dancers.
In his photo, he tagged several of the actors who are confirmed to be coming back for Round 2 – including Jedidiah Goodacre, Dianne Doan, and Zachary Gibson – but other stars, like Sarah, were missing.
There were a few stars not tagged in the pic that will be returning, though! Brenna D'Amico wasn't, but she confirmed herself that she will be back as Jane for the second movie. In fact, she's even packing up her great Disney wardrobe as we speak.
(It looks like Dove even forgot that packing would be a crucial part of going away for filming, because she commented on Brenna's post.)
Plus, Kenny also didn't tag China, and we all know she's going to have a major role in this film – she's even already recording soundtrack music with Dove.
There are also two more new characters that have been confirmed as being added to this production – the kids of villains Captain Hook (from Peter Pan) and Gaston (from Beauty and the Beast) – but we don't know which actors will be portraying them just yet!
What do you think about all this cast shifting? Are you upset by these developments? Are you excited for what's ahead? Let us know in the comments section below.