Moana casts the first Polynesian Disney princess

Disney gets its first Polynesian princess in Moana

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Disney’s latest princess adventure has finally cast its lead: 14-year-old Auli’i Cravalho will be providing the voice of the titular Polynesian princess in Moana. She joins Dwayne Johnson, who was confirmed to be voicing demi-god Maui earlier this year.

In an interview with People, Cravalho from Oahu said: “Moana is such an amazing character. She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well.

“I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.”

Photo from People
Photo from People

The film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Read Disney’s official synopsis for Moana here:

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.

Moana is in UK cinemas from 2 December 2016. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.