‘Moana’s’ Auli’i Cravalho to star in Netflix feature film ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

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Auli’i Cravalho appears in the NBC series “Rise.”

Auli’i Cravalho, who gave voice to the title character in Disney’s 2016 animated blockbuster “Moana,” has cast in the lead for Netflix’s feature drama “Sorta Like A Rock Star,” according to Deadline.

Principal photography is set to begin in October, with Cravalho starring as 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.

Additional casting is under way for the film, which was initially supposed to be directed by Bryce Dallas Howard but Deadline reports had to drop out of the project for scheduling reasons.

The drama now will be helmed by Brett Haley, who recently directed Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in the father-daughter musical comedy-drama “Hearts Beat Loud.” He is currently in post-production on the Netflix movie “All The Bright Places,” starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, and he wrote and directed “The Hero,” which premiered at Sundance last year.

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

The Netflix movie is based off Matthew Quick’s novel of the same name, and Quick is also an executive producer. The script is still being finalized, according to Deadline.

Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are producing with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner. The two firms last collaborated on “The Maze Runner” films for Fox. Jonathan Montepare will executive produce.





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