Disney's Moana — Casting Video: 'Introducing Auli'i Cravalho'

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added: Wed, Oct 7th '15

Next year in November, Disney is planning to release "Moana," a 3D animated musical adventure film that will feature the voice of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The movie, which will be incorporating Hawaiian mythology and featuring Hawaiian folk music, centers on a Polynesian princess who goes searching for a mythological South Pacific island with the help of an ancient Hawaiian deity (voiced by Johnson).

For the role of the young Polynesian princess, "Moana," the production team behind the upcoming Disney film -- which includes the writing-directing team of Ron Clements and John Musker, who are perhaps best known for the classic Disney movies "The Little Mermaid," "Hercules" and "Aladdin" -- had conducted an extensive casting search, auditioning hundreds of talented young actresses/singers for the part. And it seems they have just found their "Moana."

Meet 14-year-old Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli'i Cravalho in a newly-released video (above), which reveals casting footage that includes the very first moments Cravalho learned she had won the title role.

"Moana" opens in theaters next year, November 23, 2016.

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, she 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   Ron Clements and John Musker

starring   Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Auli'i Cravalho

release date   November 23, 2016

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