Disney's newest princess is about to be voiced by a 14-year-old Hawaiian girl.
Auli'i Cravahlo, a native of Oahu, Hawaii, has been cast as the title character in the studio's upcoming film, Moana.
In an interview with People Magazine, Cravahlo said it's a dream come true to finally be able to play a Disney princess. Something, she said, she's wanted to do since she was a baby.
"Moana is such an amazing character. 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," she said.
Moana is Disney's first Polynesian princess, and as such, Cravahlo said it was important for her to keep her cultural identity and apply that to the groundbreaking character.
"I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way."
Even with limited information, the film has already developed an impressive following on various blogging platforms, with a few people of Polynesian descent applauding the studio for finally creating a character that represents their culture.
As one person wrote on Tumblr, "as a person of Polynesian descent, I got extremely excited when Disney's Moana was announced and didn't really know why. And then I realized, THIS is what representation feels like."
The studio started to diversify their princesses after receiving backlash from minority communities that there weren't any new movies being made that focused on non-Western cultures or girls of color.
The Princess and the Frog's Tiana, Brave's Merida and now Moana are just a few examples of Disney branching out in recent years in an attempt to incorporate a wider array of cultures.
Moana will also star Dwayne Johnson (Furious 7, San Andreas), who is also of Hawaiian descent, as the demi-god Maui.
Set in the South Pacific world of Oceana, the musical will follow Moana as she sets voyage for a legendary fabled land. During her travels with Maui, she'll encounter, "enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds, and ancient folklore," according to the studio.
Although concept art for the film was released following Disney's D23 event in Anaheim this year, there is still no trailer. Rumor has it, however, that the first sneak peek will play before the studio's upcoming film The Good Dinosaur next month.
Moana is scheduled to be released on Nov. 23, 2016. Watch an interview with Carvahlo below.