Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the new trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon, releasing simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premiere Access on March 5, 2021. You can watch the trailer below and don’t miss our interview with the filmmakers here!
Raya and the Last Dragon travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity.
Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world – it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.
Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Croods: A New Age) as Raya, a warrior whose wit is as sharp as her blade, and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell) as the magical, mythical, self-deprecating dragon named Sisu.
The cast also includes Gemma Chan as Raya’s nemesis, Namaari; Daniel Dae Kim as Raya’s visionary father, Benja; Sandra Oh as Namaari’s powerful mother, Virana; Benedict Wong as Tong, a formidable giant; and Izaac Wang as Boun, a 10-year-old entrepreneur.
The cast is rounded out by Thalia Tran as the mischievous toddler Little Noi; Alan Tudyk as Tuk Tuk, Raya’s best friend and trusty steed; Lucille Soong as Dang Hu, the leader of the land of Talon; Patti Harrison as the chief of the Tail land; and Ross Butler as chief of the Spine land.
Characters also include a street-savvy 10-year-old entrepreneur named Boun, the formidable giant Tong and a thieving toddler Noi with her band of Ongis.
“Everything’s been taken away from Raya. She’s totally on her own. She’s got nothing left save for her father’s sword, her friend, Tuk Tuk, and a shard of something that might be magical,” explained producer Osnat Shurer.
“And she sets out into Kumandra seeking the last dragon, Sisu, with the hope of restoring peace to her land.”
But along her journey, Raya will learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world. “This is Raya’s journey of learning to trust,” said director Don Hall, “after her trust was so deeply broken when she was a child.”
“You can’t really get to unity without trust,” added director Carlos López Estrada. “And for Raya, it will take trusting a group of strangers if she is ever going to have a united Kumandra.”
Don Hall is the director of Disney’s Academy Award–winning Big Hero 6, while Carlos López Estrada‘s feature film directorial debut was the critically-acclaimed Blindspotting. Veteran artist Paul Briggs, known for his work as head of story on Frozen and Big Hero 6, and fellow longtime animator/story artist John Ripa (Moana and Zootopia), are co-directors.
Osnat Shurer, who was nominated for an Oscar for Moana, and Oscar winner Peter Del Vecho of Frozen fame, are the producers. Award-winning playwright and writer Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim, who penned Crazy Rich Asians, wrote the screenplay.
Raya and the Last Dragon was directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and produced by Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho.
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