Disney's Polynesian princess Moana looks fierce and independent in new trailer

Moana Waialiki is a Polynesian princess and navigator in Disney's new film.
Moana Waialiki is a Polynesian princess and navigator in Disney's new film. Photo: Disney

The new trailer for Moana, featuring Disney's very first Polynesian princess, has just been released. And now we really can't wait to see it.

Starring 14-year-old Hawaiian actress Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as her demi-god hero Maui, the film tells the story of Princess Moana Waialiki, who uses her navigational skills to set sail for a mythical island – which can save her people.

The short clip doesn't give too much away, but we're warned that the duo will go through a "whole ocean of bad," on their journey - one that includes defeating lava monsters.

The "adventurous, tenacious and compassionate" Moana appears to be one of the fiercest, most independent of Disney's princesses. And, "Along the way," we're told, "she discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity." 

The movie also showcases the talents of Broadway's "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. To celebrate the new Moana trailer, Miranda joined Caravalho and The Rock in a brief rendition of a new track from the film.


And to close it out, here's a new one from #moana with @auliicravalho & @therock! Thanks for letting me play on the #linstagram! #dreamscometrue

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Moana hits cinemas on Boxing Day.

"Light the torch, find your way, dive right in" and watch the trailer below: