'Hamilton' Actress Phillipa Soo Joins Disney's 'Moana'
Soo's Broadway co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda is producing original music for the Walt Disney animation.
Next month, Lin-Manuel Miranda will exit as the star of his Broadway juggernaut Hamilton. But soon he'll be reuniting with one of his co-stars on another project.
Phillipa Soo, who plays the role of Alexander Hamilton's wife, Eliza, in the 16-time Tony-nominated musical, has joined the cast of the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana, for which Miranda is writing original music.
Soo will be voicing a villager of Motunui, Moana’s home island. EW first reported the casting.
The pic will star newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as Moana Waialiki, a young girl in the South Pacific who sets sail in search of a fabled island with the help of legendary demi-god Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.
Princess and the Frog writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker are directing Moana from their screenplay, which also was written by John Musker, Pamela Ribon and Thor: Ragnorok helmer Taikia Waititi.
Moana is set to hit theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23.