Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho To Star In New Netflix Musical From Brett Haley

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Auli’i Cravalho’s star continues to rise.

The Moana voice actress has recently been cast in a Netflix film called Sorta Like a Rock Star, which will be directed by Brett Haley. Haley, whose recent credits include The Hero and Hearts Beat Loud, replaced rumored original director Bryce Dallas Howard who stepped down due to scheduling conflicts.

Cravalho will play Amber Appleton who is naturally optimistic despite living in the back of a bus with her mother after her mom’s boyfriend kicks them out of his home. Her optimism leads her to help those around her who are in need despite her own difficult circumstances. As a result, her character has formed powerful bonds with a group of outsiders in her community. When life hands her a devastating loss, she is forced to confront the difficulties of her own life around her.

Sorta Like a Rock Star is based on Matthew Quick’s novel of the same name. Quick is also an executive producer. The script for the film has yet to be finalized.

Principal photography is set to begin in October. Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are producing with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner.

This will be Cravalho’s first starring role in a non-animated film. She was previously seen on NBC’s short-lived show titled Rise where she played Lilette Suarez.

Haley is currently finishing another film for Netflix called All the Bright Places ,which stars Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. That film is set to be released sometime in 2020.

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