Disney’s animated musicals have been known to cast on two fronts: they are notable A-list actors or performers with powerful singing voices, and Moana is no different. While Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will provide a supporting role to the newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, the film will be adding someone with a musical background.
According to new reports, the movie will be a reunion of sorts as Hamilton star Phillipa Soo will be joining the film which will have songs written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will be taking one last bow in July. More on the story below.
Entertainment Weekly was the first to confirm the news, according to their report Soo will voice a villager from Motunui, Moana’s home island.
Here’s a description of the film from our coverage at the D23 Expo last year. Moana takes places 2,000 years before our time in the South Pacific. Our title hero shares a special bond with the ocean and it is that bond which drives her to be a navigator, a once-proud family tradition that mysterious has gone unpracticed. She then sets out to be that wayfinder against her father’s wishes, and takes her animal friends — a pig named Pua and a cranky rooster named Hei Hei — along her journey. Then there’s the meet-up with the demi-god Maui.
Beyond that we still don’t know much about the film itself. We do know that Jared Bush, Pamela Ribon, and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi co-wrote the script with directors Ron Clements and John Musker. Miranda wrote all new original songs with Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina.
Soo is best known for originating the role of Elizabeth Schuyler in Hamilton. Other credits include Smash and the made for TV film, Dangerous Liaisons. But Moana will be the first time that the actress has made her way to the voiceover world.
Moana hits theaters November 23