Disney announced their next princess in the Polynesian-themed movie “Moana.”
“We are thrilled to announce that Moana has found her voice in Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho. See Moana in theatres Thanksgiving 2016!”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson posted on his Instagram account that Cravalho is a 14-year-old from Mililani. Johnson announced that he was cast in the movie back in April.
Johnson said that Cravalho didn’t think she was good enough and didn’t audition for the role. However, Oahu casting agents discovered her singing at a charity competition “and the rest is history.”
“Congratulations Auli’i! Can’t wait to work with you and watch you bring this new Disney Princess to life.” – Johnson
Entertainment Weekly reported that Moana “serves as an example of Disney furthering representation of diverse and minority characters.”
A blog on Disney.com said the creative team responsible for “Moana” will be Ron Clements and Jon Musker, who worked on the studio’s previous hits “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
The movie will be about “the story of Moana, a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. It’s set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, and Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island.
“During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore,” the blog said.
“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”
“So excited to be a part of Moana! Can’t wait to get back in the studio!” – @auliicravalho via Instagram