14 year old Auli’i Cravalho will be the voice of Disney’s newest Princess, Moana, and this information has been revealed through a heart warming video where the lucky voice actress herself tells the story of how she received the news. After being flown down to Los Angeles by her agent to meet directors Ron Clements and John Musker, Auli’i was given the leading role after a light hearted prank was played on her. Auli’i was first spotted in a Charity singing competition in Oahu.
Moana will be Disney’s first Polynesian princess, and with Auli’i being a native Hawaiian, it’s a splendid breakthrough in terms of attempts to diversify their characters and stories. Set on the Islands of the South Pacific, Moana will set sail on an adventurous voyage in search of a mythical island in a region called Oceania. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) will voice the Demi God, Maui, who she meets along her travels.
Together, both he and Moana embark on an adventure for the ages, as they fight against wrathful seas and fiery creatures in order to discover the mystery of her ancestor’s unfinished quest. Whilst we may be in for a bit of a wait, it’s nice to know that we have a release date for the film – November 2016. It’s never too early to mark your calendars, right? Check out the video of Auli’i Cravalho’s casting process below, along with some exclusive looks at the film itself.