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New direction new leading actress massive changes to the Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon

New direction, new leading actress: massive changes to the Disney animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Actually, “Raya and the Last Dragon” should be in the cinemas in November 2020. When the film was postponed to spring 2021, it seemed Corona-related. But there is much more to it than that. Disney made massive changes.

As part of a presentation of a first image from “Raya and the Last Dragon” at Entertainment Weekly, there is also the surprising information that there have been major shifts behind the scenes.

So suddenly Disney veteran Don Hall (“Baymax”) and Carlos López Estrada (“Blindspotting”), who actually comes from the real-life film sector, are the new directors of the project. The previous filmmakers Dean Wellins and Paul Briggs have been replaced, with Briggs still having the position of co-director, according to EW.

“Star Wars 8” star Kelly Marie Tran takes the lead role

It’s not the only change: When Disney presented the project to the public at D23 Expo in 2019, Cassie Steele was on stage – as the spokeswoman for the title protagonist Raya. Kelly Marie Tran, known from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, is announced as the new leading actress Losmovies. So Steele is out.

In addition, it became known that Qui Nguyen, who had previously worked at the theater, joined the project as an additional author. As Collider found out, all these changes are not such a sudden decision, but took place shortly after the D23 Expo in August 2019. Hall, Estrada, Tran and Nguyen have been working on “Raya and the Last Dragon” for a while now.

All these changes are not such a sudden decision, but took place shortly after the D23 Expo in August 2019.

The reasons for the exchange are not known.

The reasons for the exchange are not known.

The story of “Raya and the Last Dragon”

The animation adventure takes place in the fictional kingdom of Kumandra, which is threatened by the diabolical Druun. To protect her homeland, the warrior Raya has to go on a journey with her trusty mount Tuk Tuk (see picture at the beginning of this news) to find the legendary last dragon and to ask for help.

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