First Moana Footage Introduces Disney's New Princess
Way back in December, action icon Dwayne Johnson came aboard to provide the voice of a demi-god named Maui in Disney's new animated adventure Moana. The story follows the title character, a young girl who teams up with Maui on her journey through the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, to find a lost and fabled island. Today, JoBlo Movie Trailers has a video that features Dwayne Johnson as the demigod Maui alongside Moana, who will be voiced by 14-year-old Hawaii native Auli'i Cravalho. Moana has been given a November 23, 2016 release date.
In April, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he will be singing in the movie. It was actually Auli'i Cravalho's singing that helped her land the role, after an Oahu, Hawaii casting agent discovered the teenager's vocal abilities during a charity competition. She was then flown to Los Angeles, where she met directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and eventually landed the role. No other voice cast members have been announced at this time.
Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) are directing Moana from their own screenplay, with Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts One Man Band, Boundin) producing. The music will be composed by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway's "Hamilton," Tony-winning "In the Heights"), Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan, The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa'i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka). Fortunately, the film's Hawai'i casting director remembered an unrelated audition Cravalho did as part of an a cappella group, which had been submitted for a talent showcase for a charity. Feeling the local teen would be perfect for the Disney role, she tracked her and her mother down and invited Cravalho to audition.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped - and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
Cravalho has already started recording for the role. What do you think of the new Disney princess Moana? Chime in with your thoughts after checking out the video below. Be sure to stay tuned for more on Moana, including the first trailer. Do you think this could be another one of Disney's hit animated movies?