Aloooooha! I'm thrilled to announce that Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally cast its newest animated princess, MOANA!
The voice of Disney's MOANA will be voiced by Hawaiian native and newcomer, Auli'i Cravalho! Auli'i is a 14-year-old from the island of O'ahu, and after three auditions, she landed the title role.
Here's a fun little clip of Auli'i, being told that she was going to be cast as Moana:
Moana is a 16-year-old, fearless princess that wants to take on the seas of the South Pacific, amongst the islands of her home – Oceania. Three thousand years ago sailors from all over the world voyaged across the South Pacific, but then a millennium went by and unbeknownst to anyone, the voyages stopped. So what is Moana's dream? To become a master wayfinder, like her ancestors, but this time complete their unfinished quest.
Along the way, she meets demi-god, Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), and together they embark on an action-packed journey filled with impossible odds that become the voyage of a lifetime.
I am looking forward to this creation from the filmmaking team of Directors, Ron Clements and John Musker; they've created three of my favorite Disney animated films (amongst many others), "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "The Princess and The Frog!" With such strong female protagonists in their films, I know that Moana will be a sure hit and I'm looking forward to sharing traits that make her a good role model. The film is produced by Osnat Shurer, who has produced or executive produced Pixar® short films.
Ready to see what the sea holds for Moana and Maui? I know I am!