The live-action remake of Moana is moving full steam ahead, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson set to bring Maui to life. However,, the title character’s originator, Auli’i Cravalho, won’t reprise her role despite being an executive producer on the project. While fans of the original movie were sad to hear the news, Cravalho explained why it’s really important for another actress to play the character in the live-action version.

The Moana star gave her thoughts to The Wrap about passing the torch to another actress while promoting the Mean Girls musical remake. Playing the Disney character served as Caravalho’s breakthrough Hollywood role. It appeared the rising star wants the live-action remake to do the same for another Pacific Islander actress, saying:

It feels really important to me to pass the baton to the next young woman of Pacific Island descent, and I say that with my whole chest. I have been invited, and I exist in these beautiful AAPI spaces, Asian American Pacific Islander, and I am one of the few Pacific Islanders. And I’ll say it again, I am one of the few Pacific Islanders. And our stories are so important to be told.



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