Who is Mal's dad? That was a huge question left lingering at the end of Disney's Descendants 2. It's taken nearly a year, but now we have confirmation that this mystery will finally be solved. Disney Channel has released the first official teaser trailer for Descendants 3, and it's all about the big bad daddy who once got with Maleficent before seemingly abandoning his burgeoning evil family.
Disney has officially confirmed that the 'trequel' ending chapter in the first part of the Descendants saga will arrive sometime in summer 2019. The original TV movie franchise follows the edgy teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains. And it's confirmed that shooting begins in Vancouver this summer.
In this first teaser, we get reintroduced to fan-favorite Mal, played by Dove Cameron, as she eerily creeps through the enchanted forest to come in contact with a mysterious vapor that she realizes is her long lost dad. Which notorious Disney villain are we dealing with? We'll have to wait more than a year to find out.
Also returning from the previous two blockbuster movies are Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Mitchell Hope as King Ben and China Anne McClain as Uma. There will also be some big surprises to be announced in the months leading up to the movie's production start date. The least of not which is the identity of the actor playing Mal's dad. Our guess is Tim Curry. But that's pure speculation, so please don't read much into that.
High School Musical director and the man behind previous Descendant movies, Kenny Ortega will direct, executive producer and choreographer Descendants 3. Released last year, Descendants 2 has gone onto be one of Disney Channel's biggest hits, especially with moody teenagers, reaching more than 71.5 million total viewers across 159 countries and 32 languages.
Descendants 2 ended on a cliffhanger, and Disney sure is making fans wait a long time to resolve it. But the answers are coming, and there will be so much more to discover in this next installment of the fairy tale adventure. While Dove Cameron doesn't have much to say about Mal's impending parental surprise, Sofia Carson did enlighten the world with some insight into her equally popular Evie character, and the young girl's return to the franchise. She says this about the next chapter in the Disney series.
"I truly cannot wait to be Evie again. I fell in love with Evie three years ago, and I am honored to continue telling her inspiring story with Kenny and our cast for the beautifully wicked journey that will be Descendants 3. To our beautiful fans all over the world, Thank you for making this happen! This is all for you."
Descendants 3 arrives at a time when Disney completely owns the box office. With the conclusion of its 'trelogy', it's possible that Disney could toy with the idea of bringing Descendants to the big screen for its fourth installment, much like they did with High School Musical, giving the franchise a proper sendoff. But if that happened, it's years away and won't be announced until at least 2020. So let's not get ahead of ourselves and enjoy the first teaser for Descendants 3 direct from Disney Channel.