Disney Animation Studios have released the teaser trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon, the studio’s first full-length feature film since Frozen II. Following in the new Disney tradition of featuring female heroes as the centerpiece of their family-friendly films, Raya and the Last Dragon tells the story of Raya, a warrior princess who must attempt to restore peace to her fantasy world of Kumandra. 500 years earlier, dragons had sacrificed themselves to save Kumandra when evil threatened the land, and now, when that same evil returns, it is up to Raya to seek out the last remaining dragon to help bring peace once again.
Kelly Marie Tran stars as the voice of Raya, with Awkwafina voicing a key supporting role as the last dragon. Directed by Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada and co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa, Raya and the Last Dragon hopes to tap into the market that DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon series built up with their massively popular trilogy of animated films. Disney is also hoping to right some perceived wrongs by their handling of the controversy which swirled around the internet bullying of Tran following her prominent role in Disney/Lucasfilm’s The Last Jedi and then the perceived lack of significant screen time in the follow-up film, The Rise of Skywalker.
No matter the motivation on Disney’s part, Tran makes history as the first Southeast Asian actress to lead a Disney animated film, which can only be viewed as progress for the studio and the industry. Raya and the Last Dragon will be released in U.S. theaters on March 12, 2021. See the trailer here: