How would you react if you found out you’d just been cast in the next Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film? Fourteen-year-old Auli’i Cravalho was chosen from hundreds of actors to play the title character in Moana, coming to theaters November 2016, and she learned about her casting during a live callback with Ron Clements and John Musker (Moana directors and keepers of our childhoods)! Auli’i had no idea she had been cast. Watch the directors play a sneaky trick on her to surprise her with the good news:
Auli’i’s reaction, and her mom’s, is so priceless! We’re so happy for her and can’t wait to see her as Moana!
Walt Disney Animation Studios has also released new imagery from the film! Take a look:
Moana comes to theaters November 26, 2016.