Disney has found the actress to voice their latest princess, Moana. Walt Disney Animation Studios announced earlier today that 14-year-old Hawaii native Auli’i Cravalho of Oahu has landed the titular lead character of Moana. Here’s what Cravalho had to say about the casting (via People Magazine):
“From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress. Moana is such an amazing character. She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.”
The article in People Magazine provided a little insight into the casting process that brought this young girl into the world of Disney. An Oahu casting agent discovered her signing as part of a charity competition. She was later brought to Los Angeles where directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) cast her opposite Dwayne Johnson. She confirms that Johnson will indeed be singing in the film.
“I am very excited about that, my gosh. I’ve never heard him sing before so it’s going to be really interesting!”
Moana is set to arrive in theaters November 23, 2016.
“Moana introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage.”