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Chris Pine will voice King Magnifico in Disney Animation’s musical-comedy Wish, its Nov. 22 release that “celebrates Walt Disney’s Vision” and will tell how the wishing star that so many Disney characters have wished upon came to be.
Announced Wednesday at CinemaCon, Pine joins West Side Story Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, who voices a teen named Asha who sees a darkness in her kingdom that no one else does, so in a moment of desperation, she makes a passioned plea to the stars. Pine lends his voice to the ruler of Rosas, the magical kingdom where “wishes really do come true.”
The studio previewed a clip in which Asha sings an original song, “More for Us,” as she decides to help others’ wishes come true, while she walks through a forest and around the kingdom.
The story was written by Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee, also an exec producer; and Chris Buck, who co-directs with Fawn Veerasunthorn. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes and features songs by Julia Michaels.
“As the most powerful person in the kingdom, King Magnifico needed to be played by someone who could give all the charm, cleverness and charisma to this magnanimous character, and Chris is beautifully bringing all of that and then some,” Lee said.
Disney dropped the teaser trailer for Wish online early Thursday morning.
April 27, 9:15 a.m. This story has been updated with the Wish teaser trailer.
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