Disney star Auli’i Cravalho has officially confirmed that she will not be reprising her titular role in the live-action remake of “Moana.” Instead, she will serve as an executive producer, making significant contributions behind the scenes.
In an Instagram announcement, Cravalho shared her thoughts on the decision, reflecting on the impact of being cast as Moana at the age of 14 and how it transformed her life and career. She expressed that in this new retelling, she will not be taking on the role once again.
Cravalho emphasized the importance of accurate casting to authentically represent the characters and stories they aim to portray. She expressed her belief that this accuracy is vital for the success of the project.
The 22-year-old Disney star also conveyed her deep honor in passing the baton to the next young woman of Pacific Island descent who will have the opportunity to embody the beloved character of Moana. Cravalho expressed her excitement for the upcoming representation of Pacific peoples, cultures, and communities that served as the inspiration for the story.
In her new role as an executive producer, Cravalho expressed her enthusiasm for participating in the search for the next actress who will bring Moana’s courageous spirit, undeniable wit, and emotional strength to life. Her involvement in the production will contribute to ensuring that the film remains faithful to its roots and showcases the beauty of Pacific representation.
As Auli’i Cravalho steps away from the role of Moana but embraces her role as an executive producer, fans eagerly anticipate the announcement of the talented young woman who will carry the torch and bring a fresh perspective to the cherished character in the live-action adaptation.