LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) --
We've been hearing about Angelina Jolie
's live-action interpretation of classic Disney baddie Maleficent for more than a year now
. But there's another Maleficent in town.
Kristen Chenoweth, of Broadway and Wicked fame, has just been tapped to play the horned villainess in a Disney Channel Original Movie by High School Musical director and choreographer Kenny Ortega.
Descendants will focus on the sons and daughters of classic Disney villains -- the sons of Jafar and Cruella de Vil, for example -- who attend prep school with the children of more benevolent heroes.
Chenoweth stars opposite Dove Cameron, who plays her teenage daughter Mal.
Filming begins in May.
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