Oh, How Far She’ll Go: Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho Joins NBC Pilot Drama High

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Auli’i Cravalho already has her next gig lined up, and to say we are surprised would be a lie. After the immense success of Disney’s latest animation movie Moana, it was only a matter of time until the 16-year-old would move on to her next adventure – which apparently is a TV drama.

As Deadline reports, Auli’i has joined NBC’s pilot Drama High. The pilot will be produced by Jason Katims, whose credits include Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, as well as Jeffrey Seller, who produced the broadway phenomenon Hamilton.

Drama High is based on the book with the same title written by Michael Sokolove. It tells the true story of high-school drama teacher Lou Volpe: “the hourlong project revolves around an extraordinary working class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town,” Deadline reports.

If that premise sounds a bit like Glee to you, well, you’re not alone.

Auli’i will play the role of Lilette, one of Volpe’s drama students, and it is practically guaranteed that we will be hearing the 16-year old sing! Cravalho has showcased her vocal talent in Moana, as well as during Sunday night’s Oscar celebration, where she performed the movie’s title song “How Far I”ll Go” alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music for Moana.

Take a look at her breathtaking performance below:

Speaking of Miranda, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Broadway god would announce his involvement in the project. With Hamilton’s Seller as a producer and Auli’i as one of the lead actresses, it would be a waste not to bring his talent into the mix.

In a world where the government threatens to remove all funding for the arts, a story about how one man’s passion conquers all is exactly what we need. And with Cravalho on board we have no doubt the pilot will be ordered to series in no time.

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