People lost it when Disney announced they’re plotting a live-action Moana remake, but one member of the original cast won’t be back for this project. Auli’i Cravalho said she won’t play the title character in the new version of the beloved Disney film that launched her career.
When the Moana remake was originally announced, many assumed Cravalho would return, especially after Dwayne Johnson confirmed he’ll be back as Maui. Cravalho took to Instagram to clear the confusion and said she won’t be reprising the role that brought her to prominence.
“I believe it is absolutely vital that casting accurately represents the characters and stories we want to tell. So, as an executive producer on the film, I cannot wait to help find the next actress to portray Moana’s courageous spirit, undeniable wit, and emotional strength,” she explained.
The voice of Moana also added that she’s truly honored to pass this baton to the next young woman of Pacific Island descent to honor the incredible Pacific peoples, cultures, and communities that helped inspire Moana’s story.
Dwayne Johnson announced the remake of the 2016 animated movie back in April from the beaches of Hawaii and said he’s deeply humbled and overcome with gratitude to bring the beautiful story of Moana to the live-action big screen.