It may be a dream for many, but it's a lucky few who actually get the chance to become a real Disney Princess. However, for Auli'i Cravalho her dream is about to come true after the news that the 14-year-old is set to voice the title character in Disney's upcoming film Moana.
Speaking to People, Cravalho described how it was always her dream to be a Disney Princess, and then a singer or actress. But, despite her dream, she wasn't confident about her chances of winning the role, "I was getting through my freshman year, and there were already so many great submissions over YouTube," the soprano singer said. Fortunately though, thanks to a keen eared talent agent in Cravalho's native Oahu, she was spotted while singing in a charity competition and soon won the role over thousands of hopefuls.
Speaking about her character, Cravalho had this to say:
"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."
Cravalho will star in the film alongside Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who is voicing the demigod Maui, an important figure in Polynesian mythology. After the casting was announced, Johnson took to his Instagram account to share the good news with fans:
Moana is being directed by the Disney duo Ron Clements and John Musker, who are no stranger to ocean-based Disney films, having directed The Little Mermaid, as well as Aladdin. New Zealand director Taika Waititi (who this week was tapped to direct Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the screenplay along with Musker and Clement. Check out the synopsis for Moana below:
Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a long line of navigators she sets off for a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which it hides, all the while learning what the power love between friends can accomplish.
Check out this featurette introducing Auli'i Cravalho from People:
Moana will be released on November 23, 2016