Australian newcomer Mitchell Hope has been cast as Ben, the benevolent teenage son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"). "We were intrigued by Mitchell's natural acting style, boyish charm and winning personality," said Judy Taylor, Disney Channel's head of casting and talent. "When we brought him to Los Angeles to read opposite Dove [Cameron], it was apparent that he embodied the inherent good nature of 'Ben' and the sense of fairness that the character represents." Ben is poised to take the throne and his first proclamation is to offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.
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