We've known about Disney's next animated movie Moana for a while now, but some specific details about who will voice the titular character and what she will look like have finally emerged.
Hawaiian-native Auli'i Cravalho has been tapped to voice the next Disney 'princess', following on the heels of the wildly-successful Frozen.
People got the exclusive on the story.
[W]hen Disney Animation began searching for a girl to voice the lead in its next princess movie Moana– about a young teen from 2,000 years ago who sets sail to fulfill her ancestors' quest – Cravalho didn't think she was good enough to audition.
"I was getting through my freshman year, and there were already so many great submissions over YouTube," the 14-year-old Native Hawaiian tells PEOPLE, which features an exclusive first look at the movie in this week's issue.
"Moana is such an amazing character," says Cravalho, who lives in the town of Mililani with her mother, Puanani. "She's brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she's not afraid to get it, and I think that's something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way."
And what's more, she'll be joined by Dwayne Johnson, who's voicing that cool looking dude there.
These images are also the first we've seen of what Moana will look like.
So, what do you think? Interested? Hyped?
Words can have so many meanings.
It's something that possibly should have been thought about when Meryl Streep and others from the upcoming film Suffragette posed for the cover of Time Out London's photo shoot.
The film portrays Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, a British feminist and leader of the suffragette movie there. Though the shoot was obviously to promote the movie, it's prompted some rather negative reactions.
The Sept. 29 issue of Time Out London features Streep and her co-stars wearing T-shirts emblazoned with Pankhurst's famous quote, "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave." While Carey Mulligan, Romola Garai and Anne-Marie Duff also also appear wearing the shirt, Streep — who appears alone on the cover and rejected the term "feminism" in favor of "humanism" in the accompanying Time Out interview — is facing the bulk of criticism.
So, clearly, this quote would work fine in England, but across the pond, it has an entirely different connotation. It pretty much reflects what would have been the belief of confederate soldiers and essentially comes out in favor of slavery under that reading.
As is so often it's wont, Twitter wasn't havin' it.
Meryl Streep has to know better. And if not, her publicist should have.— deray mckesson (@deray) October 5, 2015
You know there was a black intern sitting at the back of the room during this photo shoot just shaking her head. pic.twitter.com/EJtPrErkST— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) October 5, 2015
I just feel that one person should have maybe been like ok y'all instead of that quote, how about we go with literally anything else— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) October 5, 2015
I respect Meryl Streep, but she is a privileged White woman wearing a t-shirt with the word "slave." Stop with the shenanigans y'all.— ReBecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) October 5, 2015
I love Meryl Streep, but she should have know better. This shirt is all kinds of problematic. pic.twitter.com/YD3RCUsTBj— Dominic Mitchell (@dominiclm_) October 5, 2015
Maybe the movie will be better than the promotion.
We know you were planning a lot for the 10th anniversary for the greatest love story ever told. Well so was Stephenie Meyer.
Apparently, her plans were to make more money by 'reimagining' the 10-year-old Twilight through trading the genders of the two main characters.
All this, according to Entertainment Weekly
In honor of the 10th anniversary of her best-selling vampire romance, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has written a 442-page reimagining of the novel that made her a publishing sensation. This time around, she's switched the genders of her protagonists. Yes, it's true. In the new tale titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, Bella Swan is now a boy named Beau (short for Beaufort) and the brooding Edward Cullen is now Edythe. Meyer is expected to discuss the project in more detail during an appearance Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.
Meyer explains in her foreword to the anniversary edition of the novel that she decided to go with the gender bending to underscore her position that Bella isn't a "damsel in distress" as certain critics have charged. Rather, the author insists, the character is a "human in distress," or as Meyer calls her, "a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillains." Meyer also takes issue with the criticism that Bella was "too consumed with her love interest, as if that's somehow just a girl thing." The author mentions, too, that Beau is "more OCD" than Bella was and that he's "totally missing the chip Bella carries around on her shoulder all the time."
Based on this, it sounds like the mystical, master class of writing that can only be found by using 'Replace All'.
Just please, PLEASE, don't make more movies to reflect this 'reimagining'.