An open casting call has this week been released for the role of Moana in the upcoming live-action remake of the film.
No prior acting experience is required, however, only those with a strong singing voice will be considered.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is seeking someone to protray the lead role after its original actor Aulii Cravalho announced she will not be taking it up.
Auli’i Cravalho was famously cast to voice Moana when she was only 14 years old, becoming the first teenager to ever play a Disney Princess.
On May 20, Cravalho shared a video message to fans revealing she would instead be involved in the production of the live action remake.
“When I was cast as Moana at 14, it wonderfully changed my life and started my career,” said Cravalho in the video. “In this live-action retelling, I will not be reprising the role.
“I believe it is absolutely vital the 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,” continued Cravalho. “I’m truly honored to pass this baton to the next young woman of Pacific Island descent, to honor our incredible Pacific peoples cultures and communities that help inspire her story. And I look forward to all the beautiful Pacific representations to come. Mahalo”
The Casting Call
If you or someone you know is looking to audition, Disney has said to send your name, a recent photo, and your location to email@example.com.
MOANA] Actor to play a character that is Female, 16, Pacific Islander, heroic, bold and adventurous, Moana, the daughter of their village’s Chief, feels isolated on her home island of Motunui, yearning for purpose and curious about what lies beyond their reef. Despite her father’s protests, and emboldened by her Gramma’s encouragement, the intuitive and courageous Moana embarks on a dangerous quest, sailing beyond the reef and using her strength and intelligence to overcome epic obstacles along the way. Although following her curiosity and searching for for her own identity, Moana is never selfish, she is determined to fulfill the quest of her ancestors and save her people…STRONG SINGER.