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    I Can't Stop Smiling After Seeing Brandy And Paolo Montalban As Cinderella And Prince (Or King) Charming Again After 26 Years

    Prince Charming is now officially King Charming.

    Twenty-six years after starring in Cinderella, Brandy and Paolo Montalban are reuniting to reprise their roles as Cinderella and Prince Charming — or, now, King Charming — in Disney's next installment of the Descendants franchise, Descendants: The Rise of Red.

    Brandy and Paolo on the set of the new Disney movie dressed as Cinderella and King Charming

    Disney+ announced the news in a tweet that included a 25-second, behind-the-scenes clip of the two back in character — and they look glorious.

    A royal occasion. ✨ King Charming (Paolo Montalban) and Cinderella (@4everbrandy) have joined the upcoming Original movie, Descendants: The Rise of Red!

    Twitter: @descendants

    Here's Brandy as (Queen?!) Cinderella:

    Brandy dressed as Cinderella. She's wearing an ornate tiara and a long blue braid

    And here's Paolo as King Charming:

    Paolo Montalban dressed as King Charming

    Back in 1997, Brandy and Paolo starred alongside Whitney Houston (who was also a co-producer), Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox, and Natalie Desselle.

    Brandy and Paolo singing

    Not only did Cinderella have a racially diverse cast, but it was conceived to be "multiethnic from the very beginning," according to director Robert Iscove. In fact, when the movie was first pitched to Whitney in 1993, executive producers proposed that she play Cinderella herself.

    "Yes, I was supposed to be Cinderella," Whitney told Jet magazine when the movie premiered in 1997. "But after you get married and have a baby, it's like, 'I'm not feeling quite like Cinderella.'" Instead, she suggested that Brandy, who was 18 at the time, play the titular character.

    Whitney Houston, Brandy, and Bobby Brown attend the screening of "Cinderella"

    Now Brandy and Paolo will star alongside Rita Ora — who's been cast to play the Queen of Hearts, who "rules over the kingdom of Wonderland with an iron first."

    Rita Ora attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Rita is wearing a strapless dress with a scooped neckline and a diamond and emerald necklace

    Disney's Descendants franchise (of which there are already three installments) follows the teenage children of classic Disney villains, including 101 Dalmatian's Cruella de Vil, Aladdin's Jafar, The Little Mermaid's Ursula, Snow White's Evil Queen, and Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent.

    Teenagers dancing and singing

    This fourth installment, The Rise of Red, will follow Cinderella and King Charming's perfectionist daughter Chloe (played by Malia Baker) and the Queen of Hearts' rebellious daughter Red. The two join forces to stop a coup started by the Queen of Hearts and travel back in time to prevent her from becoming a villain in the first place.

    However, this isn't the first time Brandy and Paolo have reunited since Cinderella. Back in December 2021, when Disney+ made Cinderella available to stream, Paolo posted a clip on Instagram of the two seeing each other for the first time in 24 years.

    Needless to say, fans are excited, noting that the decision also makes Brandy and Paolo's Cinderella and Charming the canon version of the characters:

    @descendants @4everBrandy OMG. MY INNER CHILD IS GOING INSANE!!!!!

    Twitter: @Leesers05

    they really brought brandy and paolo back… this is about to be iconic i’m sorry

    Twitter: @photonsmight

    @DiscussingFilm OMG! It’s Cinderella and His royal highness Christopher Rupert son of his majesty King Maximillian Godfee Ladeslous Leapolt Sydney Frederick John! Time has been kind to them. Can’t believe they got them both! Still my favorite version of Cinderella!

    Twitter: @VMinInMyDream95

    @OffColourOrg I didn't see the "real" (cartoon version) of Cinderella until I was school aged. I was confused and traumatized that it wasn't them. I still argue this is the only acceptable version

    Twitter: @GOSSlPGIRIIE

    @OffColourOrg Both of them have only become more gorgeous! I'm so so so excited Disney is bringing them back!!!

    Twitter: @jlshifflett

    @descendants @4everBrandy My Millennial heart is so happy!

    Twitter: @themartinmama

    @DiscussingFilm Dang I can’t believe they made this canon, families becoming more connected lol

    Twitter: @CamHeyward

    @photonsmight About to stream the whole franchise for this

    Twitter: @RantS_N_RambleS

    What do you think of seeing Brandy and Paolo together onscreen again as Cinderella and King Charming? Let us know in the comments!