WEEK IN WOMEN: Auli’i Cravalho Cast in SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR – Brady McDonnell reports

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Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced the title character in Disney’s 2016 animated blockbuster Moana, has been cast as the lead for Netflix’s feature drama Sorta Like A Rock Star.

Cravalho most recently starred in NBC’s high school drama series Rise. Sorta Like A Rock Star will be Cravalho’s first non-animated movie.

Principal photography is set to begin in October, with Cravalho playing a teenager who, despite difficult circumstances, is exceptionally optimistic about the world and her place in it. She often helps those around her, resulting in powerful bonds with a disparate group of outsiders in her community, until she faces a devastating loss and can no longer ignore the challenges in her own life. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.