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Native Hawaiian Cast as Moana

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It’s an exciting movie news day around here!

I’m over the moon about this movie coming next November. ?As part of the D23 Expo I watched the first trailer for Moana and, guys, this one is going to be Frozen big.

Except warmer. ?Ha.

I mean, how can it miss when you have Dwayne Johnson playing one of the main characters?

Photo: Disney

Photo: Disney

The casting of the title character has just been announced.

Meet Moana

Walt Disney Animation Studios? MOANA has found her voice following a worldwide search to cast the film?s title character. Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli?i Cravalho, 14, joins Dwayne Johnson in the big-screen adventure about a spirited and fearless teenager named Moana (voice of Cravalho) who, with help from demi-god Maui (voice of Johnson), sets out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder.

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While hundreds of talented people from across the Pacific Islands were eager to try out for the role, Cravalho set her sights firmly on her sophomore year of high school.

?I didn?t think I would have a chance,? she said. ?When I was little, I used to dance around the house singing at the top of my lungs. In my mind, that was performing and I loved the feeling of it. But I never imagined being in a Disney movie, being Moana?representing my culture in that way.?

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (?The Little Mermaid,???Aladdin,???The Princess & the Frog?),?and produced by Osnat Shurer (?Lifted,? ?One Man Band?),??Moana? sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

MOANA sails into theaters on November 23rd, 2016!

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