Disney’s new Polynesian princess sails into theaters in 2016
Watch out, Elsa and Anna!
The next Disney princess to travel on a voyage of self-discovery will be arriving next year, and the head honchos at Disney hope their Polynesian princess is as popular as the Snow Queen-inspired duo.
Moana’s movie isn’t scheduled to debut until late 2016, but Disney recently shared some details at its industry expo in Anaheim.
Moana’s from Polynesia. Though she’s not the first Disney princess to break out of the traditional fair-skinned mold, she is the first Polynesian princess, following the footsteps of Mulan, Tiana and Princess Elena of Avalor, an upcoming television series.
Moana’s got some sailing chops. She is a young woman with an exceptional navigational ability, who sets sail on a journey to find a legendary island in the region of Oceania.
Moana’s also got some cute friends. Joining her on the journey are her pet pig named Pug and a rooster named Hei Hei. Much like Olaf in ‘Frozen’ and Dory in ‘Finding Nemo,’ we’ll count on them for assistance and comedic relief as Moana meets evildoers, who will try to stop her from succeeding.
And, as more than just her friend, The Rock will be her rock. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been cast as a demigod named Maui, who was born human but was raised by gods.
“This is my heritage,” Johnson said at the Disney fan expo, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I am proudly half-Samoan and half-black.”
Johnson will also sing. According to Billboard, he will go beyond his ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue bits to share his voice with all ages.
At DISNEY STUDIOS signing contracts to play the male lead in their next big classic animated musical, #MOANA. Just had an amazing 2hr presentation and it's easy to see why they're the greatest story tellers in the world. Im excited. And in the background my homies Fred & Wasabi from #BigHERO6 are jumpin' for joy joy cause they heard I'm gonna sing in the movie. #WeTrulyKnowWhereWereGoing #WhenWeUnderstandWhereWereFrom #NeverForgetHome #MOANA