Descendants 3: Disney’s Popular Movie Franchise Starts Filming in Vancouver in May

Descendants 3, the latest installment in Disney’s franchise about the wicked offspring of some of its most icon villains returns to the Vancouver area to start filming on May 22nd.

Descendants 3 Starts Filming in Vancouver in May - Still of Dove Cameron as Mal
Image via Instagram / @dovecameron

Like the first 2 movies in the series, Descendants 3 will be filmed in Vancouver area. Like the last movie, which had a working title of “The Lair” while in production, Descendants 3 will be going by “The Big Sleep”. The Descendants franchise is centred around the children of some of the most wicked villains in Disney’s history.

Some of the locations used by the franchise in the past include the University of British Columbia and Riverview Hospital on the mainland, the BC Parliament Buildings in Victoria, and arguably the most important location of the movies was Hatley Castle at Royal Road University in Colwood. Hatley Castle will be returning to the big screen this may when it appears during Deadpool 2 as Professor Xavier’s mansion/school.

Thank you, as always, to @lemon_buzz who broke the news that Descendants 3 was in the works and that it would be returning to the Vancouver area to film. This news was followed up by a cryptic post by Disney on the official Descendants Twitter account which teased that “BIG news [is] coming this Friday”.

The Descendants Twitter account then followed that up on Wednesday with this video clip of Dove Cameron which ended with “you didn’t think this was the end of the story, did you?”

And as expected, they’ve now officially announced that Descendants 3 is happening and it will premiere in 2019!

The teaser doesn’t reveal much, except that we’ll be seeing more of Dove Cameron as Mal (daughter of Maleficent) and that it will invole her dad.

Sofia Carson will be reprising her role as Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen) – here’s a clip of her announcing her return via Instagram:

In case you haven’t heard… #Descendants3 #itshappening @sofiacarson

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Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Mitchell Hope, and China McClain have also confirmed their return as Carlos (son of Cruella De Vil), Jay (son of Jafar), Ben Florian (son of Belle/Beast) and Uma (daughter of The Little Mermaid nemesis Ursula) respectively.

In Descendants 2, these characters were joined by Dylan Playfair as Gil (son of Gaston) and Anna Cathcart as Dizzy Tremaine (daughter of Drizella Tremaine). As of the time this article was published, there has been no word if they will be returning.

Update 4/20/2018: According to, Sarah Jeffery, Thomas Doherty and Dylan Playfair will reprise their roles as Audrey (Princess Aurora’s daughter), Harry Hook (son of Captain Hook) and Gil (son of Gaston).

Update 5/4/2018: According to, Jadah Marie and Jamal Sims have joined the cast the villain Dr. Facilier and his daughter Celia from The Princess and the Frog.

Update 5/21/2018: According to, Cheyenne Jackson been cast as Hades, who may also be Mal’s father.

Let us know in the comments below if you’re excited for Descendants 3!