The 2016 Disney animated hit Moana is being remade in live-action, according to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who made the announcement on social media last month.
Following Aulii Cravalho’s latest statement about the live-action Moana film, Johnson appears to be the only original cast member to appear in the film.
Aulii Cravalho, who voiced the titular character in the original film, announced on Instagram Friday afternoon that she will not be appearing in the live-action version as Moana.
“When I was cast as Moana at 14, it wonderfully changed my life and started my career,” Cravalho said.
As a result, she stated that she would not be reprising the role. “I believe it is absolutely vital.” Cravalho added, “The casting accurately represents the characters and stories we want to tell.”
“As an executive producer on the film, I can’t wait to find the next actress to portray Moana’s courageous spirit, undeniable wit, and emotional strength,” Cravalho said cheerfully.
“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,” Cravalho added. And I eagerly await all of the beautiful Pacific representation to come.”
Moana is said to be in the early stages of development, so more changes could be made before the film’s production begins in October. In either case, a new actor will be needed to play the Disney princess in the live-action remake.