‘Disney’s Descendants 2’ descends upon multiple channels for its premiere

Thanks to the big success of “Descendants,” you won’t have a problem finding “Disney’s Descendants 2.”

A follow-up to the fifth-most-watched cable movie to date, the musical-fantasy sequel – continuing the adventures of the young offspring of some of the studio’s most famous characters – premieres simultaneously on a number of the company’s outlets Friday, July 21. Originating network Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC, Freeform and Lifetime all will present the debut, with the movie then available via their digital and On Demand platforms.

The new tale finds the children of such Disney villains as Maleficent and the Evil Queen trying to forge new lives in the charmed land Auradon. They ultimately end up back on the Isle of the Lost, where they face other scheming offspring including the sons of Captain Hook and “Beauty and the Beast’s” Gaston in a battle to keep the line between good and evil intact.

Among the returnees from “Descendants” – in addition to actors Dove Cameron and Cameron Boyce and director Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”) — is singer-actress Sofia Carson. She clearly got a career boost from the original movie, going on to star in Disney Channel’s remake of “Adventures in Babysitting,” score a recording deal (which has yielded several singles) and perform the National Anthem on PBS’ most recent telecast of “A Capitol Fourth.”

The movie sequel “Descendants 2” premieres Friday, July 21, on multiple networks including Disney Channel and ABC.

“It’s pretty incredible,” the pleasant Carson says of the five-network “Disney’s Descendants 2” premiere. “I feel very honored and very lucky that they believe in this project so much to all show it at once. Even though the first film was big and beautiful and epic, the second time around is much bigger in scope. The musical numbers are among my favorite parts of the film, and the story line is really beautiful as well.

“In the first film, you were introduced to the Villain Kids, but now you really get to dive deep and know each of them,” Carson notes, explaining that her character – the Evil Queen’s daughter Evie – “has always told the story of girl power. She’s living her dream as a fashion designer, and trying to forget who she is and where she came from. I think hers is a story of self-love, and of knowing that the most important thing in the world is to never be afraid to be who you are.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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