4:12 pm EDT, August 27, 2020

Kelly Marie Tran cast as lead in Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Kelly Marie Tran is gearing up to lend her voice to Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.

News of Tran’s involvement with the upcoming animated film comes from Entertainment Weekly, who on Thursday (August 27), unveiled a first look still from the film.

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Tran takes over the titular role of Raya from Cassie Steele, who was originally cast to be voicing the part.

In starring in the film, The Star Wars vet becomes the fist Southeast Asian actress to lead the cast of a Disney film. In addition, Raya and the Last Dragon is the first Disney movie inspired by Southeast Asia.

Kelly Marie Tran isn’t the only notable name who will be joining the voice cast of Raya and the Last Dragon.

Also involved with the Disney feature is Awkwafina, who will be voicing Sisu— a dragon in human form who needs Raya’s help to get her powers back so she can once again become her true dragon self.

Behind the scenes, the film is being helmed by Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada. Joining them are Paul Briggs and John Ripa, who will act as co-directors on the project. They’ll be directing off of a script co-written by playwright Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim (Adele Lim).

The film, which is currently remotely in production, follows along as Raya and Tuk Tuk (a bear/armadillo hybrid who also happens to serve as Raya’s preferred mode of transportation) find the fictional kingdom of Kumandra threatened by an evil force. Together, Raya and Tuk Tuk must venture away from their Heart Lands home in order to track down the last dragon— their only hope of stopping the villainous Druun before it’s too late.

Raya and the Last Dragon is scheduled to be released on March 12, 2021.

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