Nicely this can be a shock. Buried in a “first look” picture piece in Leisure Weekly (see the picture beneath) is a few pretty surprising information about Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming Raya and the Final Dragon – specifically that the lead actress and administrators have been changed and a brand new author has been added. What makes the information noteworthy is that this entire inventive overhaul is being introduced simply a few months earlier than the film was presupposed to be launched (it’s now scheduled for spring 2021).
Now helming Raya and the Final Dragon are the crew of Don Corridor, a Disney Animation veteran who directed the attractive 2011 Winnie the Pooh and 2014’s Marvel-based Large Hero 6 and co-directed Moana, and Carlos López Estrada, a new-to-animation filmmaker who final directed Blindspotting and whose improvement take care of Walt Disney Animation Studios was introduced final fall. Corridor and López Estrada can be changing Dean Wellins and Paul Briggs. Briggs will truly keep on Raya, working as co-director alongside John Ripa whereas Wellins is creating one other venture on the studio (thank god). Each Wellins and Briggs are a part of the inventive hive thoughts often known as the “story trust” that advises on the entire studio’s animated options (as seen within the current, completely wonderful Disney+ collection Into the Unknown). From what I perceive this modification truly occurred shortly after final yr’s D23 Expo (the place the venture was formally introduced and the primary footage proven) and is simply now being made public.
If that wasn’t dramatic sufficient, the lead actress Cassie Steele, who appeared on stage at D23 Expo to current the brand new film and her character (a younger warrior in an historic, fantastical Asian land), has been changed by the Web’s sweetheart Kelly Marie Tran. This, too, has been the case for some time now. Awkwafina continues to be on board because the dragon Sisu. Moreover, playwright Qui Nguyen has joined to assist co-write the script initially penned by Loopy Wealthy Asians screenwriter Adele Lim.
“As filmmakers, Don and Carlos bring a combination of animation know-how and emotional storytelling to Raya and the Last Dragon, bringing our fantasy adventure to surprising, original, and dynamic heights,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Inventive Officer Jennifer Lee stated in an announcement to EW. “They both saw the potential for this film and had a strong vision for the story, especially for our lead character, played by the wonderfully talented Kelly Marie Tran. And no small feat, directors Don and Carlos, writers Qui and Adele, and the entire crew of 400 Disney Animation artists are making this film together, while separated and working from home.”
Moreover, some new particulars in regards to the plot emerged in between the entire information of the inventive overhaul: “As an evil force threatens the fictional kingdom of Kumandra, the two must leave their Heart Lands home and track down the last dragon to help stop the villainous Druun.” Sounds good to us!
The presentation at D23 Expo final summer season and the attractive take a look at animation they confirmed was completely gorgeous. This actually appears to be like not like any film Walt Disney Animation Studioos has ever produced – a full-throated, vastly atmospheric martial arts epic set in a novel fantasy world with a number of the most wonderful character and creature designs you’ll ever see from the studio (which is basically saying one thing).
Raya and the Final Dragon, which Corridor informed EW was 50% completed (fairly good contemplating the entire setbacks), can be out on March 12, 2021. God keen.