Why the Role of Morgan Was Recast For Disney's “Disenchanted”

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Disney’s highly anticipated “Enchanted” sequel, “Disenchanted,” is set to premiere sometime in 2022, 15 years after the original was released in 2007. Amy Adams (Giselle), Patrick Dempsey (Robert Philip), James Marsden (Prince Edward), and Idina Menzel (Nancy Tremaine) have all been confirmed to return for the new film. The “Disenchanted” cast also includes newcomer Gabby Baldacchino, who will portray Robert’s daughter, Morgan Philip. Rachel Covey plays the character in the original movie, so you may be wondering – why was she recast? Let’s investigate.

According to the film’s synopsis, “Disenchanted” takes place 15 years after the events of the original movie. Giselle and Robert are now married and decide to move from New York to the suburb of Monroeville with their teenage daughter, Morgan. There, Giselle “must juggle the challenges that come with a new home and discover what happily ever after truly means to her and her new family.”

If you remember, Morgan is 6 years old in “Enchanted,” so she would be 21 years old in the new film. Covey is 23, which means she would have been perfect to portray Morgan as a young adult. However, since they de-aged her character for “Disenchanted,” maybe Disney decided to go with a younger actress for Morgan. Baldacchino was reportedly 19 years old when production for “Disenchanted” began last year, so it would make sense.

Another reason may be due to Covey branching outside of acting. According to her official website, she’s now a playwright and composer. She also directs projects in New York City and Chicago.

Since the producers for “Disenchanted” haven’t commented on the recasting, we can only guess why Covey didn’t return for the film.

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