“Disney has taken audiences alike to different worlds filled with excitement & enchantment”! From the under sea kingdom of Atlantica, to the magical world of Agrabah, or the frozen world of Arendelle; the mouse house is prepping it’s fans to introduce their 59th animated motion picture Raya and the Last Dragon !
Revealed at last year’s D23 convention, the animated film follows the daughter of a chief named Raya who seeks to find Kumandra’s last dragon before an evil force known as Druun threatens to destroy the realm. The cast so far included Cassie Steele as the voice of Raya and Awkwafina as the voice of Sisu; a water dragon who can turn into a human; but news broke out via Entertainment Weekly that Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran will take over as the new voice lead and quite honestly I’m all for it ! Besides playing Rose Tico, Kelly really deserves a leading role like this ! After barely getting any screen time in The Rise of Skywalker, this makes up for it big time ! Below you can see a first look image at Raya and her trusty steed Tuk Tuk whose described as “a fuzzy bear meets an insect version of an armadillo.”
Just Announced: Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, starring @cassandrasteele (Raya) and @Awkwafina (Sisu, the Last Dragon). Check out all-new concept art, and see the film in theaters November 2020. #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/V40bv64IIp
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019
The film will be directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh, Big Hero 6) and Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting). Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians) will be writing while WDAS chief creative officer Jennifer Lee (Frozen, Frozen 2) will executive produce. While this movie was initially slated to release in the fall, for now it is set for March 12th, 2021 due to COVID.
Raya and the Last Dragon becomes the first Disney animated movie set around an inspired Southeast Asia country. I’m happy that Disney is taking it’s representation to new heights and I cannot wait to who else will be joining the cast ! You can read more on the news in the EW link above.
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