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Disney found their princess for Moana in Auli'i Cravalho.
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We've known about Disney's next animated movie Moana for a while now, but some specific details about who will voice the titular character and what she will look like have finally emerged.

Hawaiian-native Auli'i Cravalho has been tapped to voice the next Disney 'princess', following on the heels of the wildly-successful Frozen.

People got the exclusive on the story.

[W]hen Disney Animation began searching for a girl to voice the lead in its next princess movie Moana– about a young teen from 2,000 years ago who sets sail to fulfill her ancestors' quest – Cravalho didn't think she was good enough to audition.

"I was getting through my freshman year, and there were already so many great submissions over YouTube," the 14-year-old Native Hawaiian tells PEOPLE, which features an exclusive first look at the movie in this week's issue.

"Moana is such an amazing character," says Cravalho, who lives in the town of Mililani with her mother, Puanani. "She's brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she's not afraid to get it, and I think that's something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way."





And what's more, she'll be joined by Dwayne Johnson, who's voicing that cool looking dude there.



These images are also the first we've seen of what Moana will look like.





So, what do you think? Interested? Hyped?

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The movie wasn't the best, but you've gotta admit, the songs kick ass!

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The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that Walt Disney Pictures is producing a 'Princess of North Sudan' film based on the real life story of a little girl from Virginia who became the princess of North Sudan.  

If you're unfamiliar with the story and trying to place the country of North Sudan, don't worry, you didn't miss that day in Geography.  The area now known as the Kingdom of North Sudan is called Bir Tawil and remained "unclaimed" until last year when Emily Heaton asked her father if she could become a real princess, and he went out and got her a country to preside over--by country, I mean "800 square miles of desert" between Egypt and Sudan.  The family still lives in Virginia, but plans to use the Kingdom to build a sustainable farming system for Africa with the help of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign



Screenwriter Stephany Folsom is now working on a script for a film inspired by Emily and her father's story, described as "focusing on the relationship between the father and daughter set against a backdrop of a fantastical adventure."  Many have responded to the film with outrage, saying it reeks of colonialism and "literal white entitlement."



Stephany Folsom responded to the critique on her Twitter account saying, 



In a series of additional (now deleted) tweets, she also defends herself with the following: 


We'll have to wait and see what comes of The Princess of North Sudan, but right now things look pretty shaky.  Hopefully this controversy sends the film back to the drawing board.

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