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Cheyenne Jackson takes on new role playing Disney villain Hades

Cheyenne Jackson takes on new role playing Disney villain Hades

Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson is joining the Disney family — as a villain.

The out actor has been cast as Hades, the villainous Lord of the Underworld from 1997’s Hercules, in the Disney TV movie Descendants 3.

Jackson enthusiastically shared the news on Instagram, along with a picture of the blue-flamed god.

Cheyenne Jackson playing Hades
Jackson’s Insta post | Photo: Instagram @mrcheyennejackson

He wrote in the post’s caption: ‘WHAT IN THE HADES? Excited to announce what I’ve been working on. Thanks for welcoming me into the Disney family.’

So what is Descendants?

Originally premiering in 2015, Descendants is a TV movie musical. It follows the second-generation of Disney characters.

The first movie follows the teenage children of villains Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruelle De Vil. The likes of Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Najimy appeared in the film as Maleficent and the Evil Queen, respectively.

Also in the franchise are the children of Disney royalty, such as Cinderella and Prince Charming, as well as Belle and Beast.

The first film gained 6.6 million viewers.

Two years later, Descendants 2 premiered and garnered an astonishing 21 million viewers.

The third film arrives sometime next year. Kenny Ortega returns to direct, after helming the first two films.