I received the following information as a blogger via Walt Disney Publications. All options and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.I’m super excited to share with you a glimpse at Disney’s newest princess… Moana! After a worldwide search, Disney Animation selected native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho to voice the titled character.
At only 14 years old, Auli’i will join Dwayne Johnson on the big screen as a fearless adventurous teen, who with the help of Johnson’s demi-god character Maui, sets out to prove herself as a master wayfinder.From the official press release:
“Auli’i demonstrated a certain fearlessness in her auditions and call-backs,” said director John Musker. “She has a playful, mischievous wit. She can project vulnerability, she doesn’t seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead, and her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work and music. These are all qualities she shares with Moana.”
“Moana is a vibrant, tenacious 16-year-old growing up on an island where voyaging is forbidden,” added director Ron Clements. “But Moana has been drawn to the ocean since she can remember and is desperate to find out what’s beyond the confines of her island.”
Check out this adorable video below where Auli’i finds out that she got the part!
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MOANA sails into theaters on November 23rd 2016!