Walt Disney Animation has announced Auli’i Cravalho as the voice of Moana
“From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress,” says the 14-year-old Cravalho, “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.”
While confirmed for the lead role of Moana Waialiki, a young girl who goes on a monster-packed sea voyage, Cravalho also confirmed that her co-star Dwayne Johnson (Furious 7, San Andreas) will actually sing as the demi-god Maui who aids her on the journey.
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
Directed by animation vets Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid), Moana will be released on November 23, 2016.