Disney has finally found its Moana.
After auditioning more than 400 young women for the part, directors Ron Clements and John Musker have chosen 14-year-old Auli’i Cravalho as the voice of Disney's first Polynesian princess.
"From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess, and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress," the Hawaiian native told People.
"Moana is such an amazing character," she added. "She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way."
Cravalho joins Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who voices a demigod named Maui, in the animated Disney flick, which follows 16-year-old Moana on a daring, sea-voyaging mission (with her pet pig Pua!) to fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest.
"We pitched a barebones version of this story to John Lasseter, and he’s very big on research, so he told us to dig deeper and get into the culture," John Musker told MTV News back in August. "So we went to the islands and met people who were connected to the ancient culture and to the things that really made them unique."
"The whole idea of voyaging wasn’t in our initial story," he added. "And then we learned what a source of pride it was for them, that they were the world’s first great navigators, using dead reckoning to find their way across the ocean. We wanted to celebrate that."
"Even the idea that this movie would be about a 16-year-old heroine came out of our trip," Clements added. “We came away from the trip knowing that we wanted to set a story in the world of voyaging and wayfinding, along with the fantasy of Maui. So for the story we were trying to tell, this 16-year-old heroine seemed like the right character to tell that story."
Cravalho seems perfectly cast in the free-spirited role. Watch her react to her casting in the adorable video below:
"Moana" hits theaters on November 23, 2016.