FROM USA Today
December 19, 2013
Australian actor Mitchell Hope will play Ben, son of Belle and Beast, in ‘Descendants.’
Rowena Mohr and Mary-Ann Vale, agents at BMEG are thrilled to announce that MITCHELL HOPE has been cast as Ben in Disney’s “Descendants”.
“Disney Channel is tapping an Australian newcomer to play one of the lead roles in Descendants, a 2015 adventure-comedy movie that will focus on the sons and daughters of heritage Disney characters.
Melbourne-native Mitchell Hope, 19, will play Ben, the benevolent son of Beast and Belle from Beauty and the Beast who is poised to assume the throne of his contemporary kingdom.
Ben’s first action is to offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making children of such classic villains as Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar. They will be allowed to attend prep school with the offspring of such heroes as Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan and will have to decide whether to help their imprisoned parents return to power or work for the common good and save the kingdom.
Earlier this week, Dove Cameron of Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie was cast as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent. She will also appear in the Disney Channel film Cloud 9 on Jan. 17.
Hope submitted an audition tape he made via his Australian agent.
“We were intrigued by Mitchell’s natural acting style, boyish charm and winning personality and when we brought him to Los Angeles to read opposite Dove, it was apparent that he embodied the inherent good nature of Ben and the sense of fairness that the character represents,” says Judy Taylor, who oversees casting at Disney Channel.
Kenny Ortega, who directed Disney’s High School Musical TV movies and feature film, will direct Descendants.” – USA Today.com
Children of Disney heroes and villains will attend school together in 2015 film
‘Liv and Maddie’s’ Dove Cameron will play Mal, the daughter of Maleficent
‘High School Musical’s’ Kenny Ortega will direct the film
Mitchell will soon be seen as young Tim Farriss on Australian TV in “Never Tear Us Apart- INXS Story”