In this daring tale, Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess (Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran) fights to save her divided kingdom. Raya, determined to protect her home from the Druun monsters, recruits a ragtag group from different lands in Kumandra to help her and Sisu, voiced by Awkwafina. 

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“I felt so seen, and it was such a blissful feeling. I've worked on some things before which obviously weren't as culturally specific as this, and I don't think that I knew that I needed that.” 

-KELLY MARIE TRAN

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TEAMING UP
WITH A DRAGON

Can the last dragon help stop the villainous Druun? Played by Awkwafina, Sisu is a dragon in human form who needs Raya’s help to reclaim her power and become her true dragon self. 

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“I think there's a comedic aspect to her, but  at the heart of the movie is really the sisterhood between the two characters.”

-AWKWAFINA

 
Not a Musical, But Still Has Musical Tones

While the film doesn’t feature characters singing, there is music influenced by Southeast Asia, which is the cultural inspiration for Raya. "Our composer, James Newton Howard, did a lot of research and worked with musicians from the region as well to find the specific instrumentation," producer Osnat Shurer says.

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“I think that what's really cool about this project, about this character, specifically is that everyone's trying to flip the narrative on what it means to be a princess. Raya is totally a warrior.”

-KELLY MARIE TRAN

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