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    Disney Casts Hawaiian Unknown as Newest Heroine

    The entertainment giant’s next big animated feature will look to the Pacific Ocean for inspiration, and specifically the famed navigational skills of the seafarers who settled Polynesian islands, sailing huge expanses of open ocean with only the stars to guide them. Moana, which has already signed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to voice a helpful demigod, now has a lead actress for the title role: 14-year-old native Hawaiian Auli’i Cravalho. The film — part of a promise to diversify Disney stories — sails into theaters in November 2016.

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