Why Did They Recast Morgan in Disenchanted?

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Amy Adams as Giselle, Gabriella Baldacchino as Morgan, Patrick Dempsey as Robert in Disenchanted
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Fifteen years after Enchanted came out, Disney revealed that a sequel is in the works. The sequel, entitled Disenchanted, brings back the majority of the main cast to reprise their roles for a second time. Unfortunately, the character of Morgan, Patrick Dempsey's daughter in the film, has been recast with another actress.

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We find out why here.

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Who Originally Played Morgan in Enchanted?

Rachel Covey as Morgan Philip in Enchanted
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In the first film, we met 6-year-old Morgan Philip, the outgoing daughter of Robert Philip (played by Patrick Dempsey). The role was originally played by Rachel Covey. In the sequel, however, many fans were shocked to discover that Covey did not return to reprise the role. Instead, Disney recast the role and booked Gabriella Baldacchino.

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So why did they recast Morgan?

According to reports, one of the reasons behind this decision could be because of her age.

When Covey starred in Enchanted, she was only 6 years old. Since the sequel took a really long time to make, the actress is now 24 years old. Disney decided to recast her role because she plays an angsty teenager in Disenchanted. Baldacchino, on the other hand, was only 19 when they started filming the movie.

Another possible reason why the role was recast, as explained by PopSugar, could be because Covey has branched outside of acting. Her official website describes her as a playwright and composer, who has directed several projects in New York and Chicago.

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But the good news is that Covey makes a surprise cameo in the sequel. Covey is credited as "Monrolasia Girl" in Disenchanted. See if you can spot her when Giselle (played by Amy Adams) accidentally turns Monroeville into Monrolasia, a fairytale town.

What Other Movies Has Rachel Covey Done?

Disenchanted cast
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On her IMDb page, Covey has been on one other project after being in Enchanted. She starred in What Would You Do? in 2016.

She has moved on from acting and has since become a playwright and composer.

What Are the Other Movies of Gabriella Baldacchino?

Gabriella Baldacchino as Morgan Philip in Disenchanted
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Baldacchino has made an uncredited appearance in Tower Heist and Annie. She also appeared in two episodes of School Spirits and has made an appearance on Ask for Jane, Unschooled, and The Connors.

It appears that Disenchanted is her biggest role to date and could be her big break in the industry.

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Disenchanted is now available to stream on Disney+.



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