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Interview with Cast of Disney’s “Descendants: The Rise of Red” Premieres on Disney+ July 12, 2024

Descendants: The Rise of Red premieres Friday, July 12 exclusively on Disney+, followed by a special encore on Friday, Aug. 9, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel.

By Judy Shields

Now Headmaster of Auradon Prep, former Villain Kid Uma extends an invite to the school to another VK – Red, the rebellious daughter of the tyrannical Queen of Hearts from Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts has long held a grudge against Auradon, especially against Cinderella, and seizes the opportunity to seek revenge when she drops her daughter off at school. When the Queen of Hearts incites a coup against Auradon, Red must team up with Cinderella’s perfectionist daughter Chloe as they travel back in time to try to undo the traumatic event that set the young Queen of Hearts down her villainous path.

The Hollywood Times had the opportunity to be part of media day with five cast members from Descendants: The Rise of Red with a roundtable with actresses Kylie Cantrall (plays Princess Red), who was celebrating her 19th birthday that day and I was able to wish her happy 19th birthday and that made her day and Malia Baker (plays Princess Chloe).  I then was able to interview Ruby Rose Turner (plays Bridget/Young Queen of Hearts), Dara Reneé (plays Uliana, Ursulas’s sister) and Morgan Dudley (plays Ella/Young Cinderella) on a separate interview.  Here are those two interviews, enjoy:

I have to say that I have not seen any of the Descendants movies, I guess because I have three grandsons and not granddaughters, but after seeing Descendants: The Rise of Red I will be watching the previous three movies this coming weekend.  I am such a Disney fan, even working at the Disneyland Resort back on 2001 – 2004 as a super pin trader. So I got to see all the princesses every day at work and trade all types of pins with guest, the greatest job Disneyland had.  They should bring it back! So watching this movie brought back so many magical moments of that time in my life and reminded me how much the princesses and villains meant to me and I can’t wait to see the other films.  I highly recommend this movie for its spectacular dance scenes and awesome music that make this a great musical.  The costumes alone were all so amazing. Hats off to the costume folks, the choreographer and writers.  Make sure to enjoy this new film with the entire family and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. You will want to see it several times as not to miss anything.  These young actresses made it all look like so much fun and there is a wonderful story to learn from this film. Make sure you talk with your teenagers after watching it about what they think the message of the film is.  Enjoy viewing Descendants: The Rise of Red on Friday, July 12th on Disney+. Judy Shields, The Hollywood Times

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ABOUT Descendants: The Rise of Red

Dara Reneé as Ursula’s sister Uliana (Photo Disney Quantrell Colbert)

Descendants: The Rise of Red follows the story of Red, the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts, and Chloe, Cinderella’s perfectionist daughter. When the tyrannical Queen of Hearts incites a coup against Auradon, polar opposites Red and Chloe must join forces and travel back in time to undo the traumatic event that set Red’s mother down her villainous path. The film stars a new ensemble of Villain Kids (VKs) and legacy characters, including Kylie Cantrall as Red, Malia Baker as Chloe, Brandy as Cinderella, Rita Ora as the Queen of Hearts, Dara Reneé as Ursula’s sister Uliana, Ruby Rose Turner as Bridget/Young Queen of Hearts, Morgan Dudley as Ella/Young Cinderella, Joshua Colley as Young Hook, Peder Lindell as Morgie, Grace Narducci as Fay/Young Fairy Godmother, Jeremy Swift as Principal Merlin, Paolo Montalban as King Charming, and Leonardo Nam as Maddox Hatter. China Anne McClain is back as fan-favorite Uma and the new principal at Auradon Prep. Melanie Paxson also reprises her role as Fairy Godmother. 

Descendants: The Rise of Red is executive produced by Suzanne Todd and Gary Marsh. The film is directed by Jennifer Phang, with a script from Dan Frey and Russell Sommer. The movie is choreographed by Ashley Wallen (“The Greatest Showman”) with a score by Torin Borrowdale (“Searching”). The production design is by Mark Hofeling, with Declan Quinn serving as the director of photography. Katie Ennis is the editor. Co-executive producers include Mahita P. Simpson and Jennifer Phang, and Wendy S. Williams is producer. Costume design is by Julia Caston and Emilio Sosa.


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