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Disney casts its latest princess, Moana

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About a year ago, we learned that Disney would follow up its Frozen success with Moana, an animated feature set in the slightly more welcoming climate of a Pacific island. Now /Film reports that the studio has just announced the voice behind its latest heroine: Hawaiian native Auli’i Cravalho will play Moana in the upcoming film.

The Mouse House’s latest princess film will follow the adventures of the titular Polynesian teen who sets out to complete her ancestors’ “unfulfilled quest.” No word on what that is exactly, but Moana, a skilled navigator, will chart the ocean to complete the task. Along the way, she’ll team up with Maui, a demigod played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. (That’s a phrase we can’t believe hasn’t been printed before).


The pair will travel to a “breathtaking underworld,” battle sea creatures, and sing, naturally. Cravalho’s voice helped her beat thousands of girls for the part, and The Rock has already proven himself capable of handling the Disney songbook with a rendition of “Let It Go.” Moana sets sail on November 23, 2016.

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