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'Descendants 2' in the works at the Disney Channel with China Anne McClain joining cast

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Karen Butler
Descendants 2 co-star China Anne McClain attends the Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 25, 2014. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
"Descendants 2" co-star China Anne McClain attends the Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 25, 2014. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Production is to begin this summer on Descendants 2, a second TV movie about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains, the Disney Channel said Friday.

The sequel is expected to premiere in 2017.

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"Just when you thought 'Happily Ever After' had come to the land of Auradon, Descendants 2 turns the page to reveal a whole new level of mystery and surprise," Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement.

Kenny Ortega is to return as director, executive producer and choreographer. Also coming back for the follow-up will be cast members Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson and Mitchell Hope. China Anne McClain will also join the cast as the daughter of sea witch Ursula.

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