The 90s kids only had one Cinderella: Brandy, who played the iconic Disney princess in an extremely popular TV movie version of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Instead of a live-action remake of the Disney cartoon (although Disney has also), this was a film based on the stage musical from Cinderella by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, which originally debuted as a live TV musical in 1957. (Its Cinderella: Julie Andrews.) With the great songs, plus appearances by Brandy and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, it became a smash hit, watched by millions of people on television. It was also a huge bestseller in the VHS era.
Despite Disney’s love of sequels, Brandy’s Cinderella never appeared anywhere else—until now. About Varietyshe will reprise her role in an upcoming spinoff from the popular Descendants film series with the title The pocket watch. In a press release, here’s how Disney describes the film:
The sweeping new story introduces “Red,” the whip-smart and rebellious teenage daughter of the Queen of Hearts (“Alice in Wonderland”) and “Chloe,” the perfectionist and athletic daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming (“Cinderella”). To prevent an impending coup in Auradon—a coup looming during the celebration of a new royal baby—Red must team up with Chloe to travel back in time via the White Rabbit’s pocket watch to stop an event that would lead to serious consequences.
That Descendants series of live-action films featuring all the children of popular Disney villains such as Maleficent, Jafar and Cruella de Vil. Three films have been made to date along with a metric ton of merchandise. Obviously, Cinderella is not a villain, but that’s probably why it’s called that The pocket watch and not Descendants 4. But will Paolo Montalban play Prince Charming?!?
The pocket watch will premiere soon Disney+.
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