Disney’s newly released trailer for “Raya and the Last Dragon” has prompted mixed reactions about Asian representation.
The new trailer for the upcoming animated feature – inspired by Southeast Asian cultures – gives viewers a more in-depth look at Raya (voiced by Kelly-Marie Tran) as she enlists her warrior crew and con artists to find legendary warriors Finds The Last Dragon “
The film features a voice full of Asian American celebrities such as Akwafwina, Sandra Oh and Gema Chan. Some have criticized the fact that most of the major speaking roles go to East Asian cast members, pointing out that Tran is one of the few Southeast Asian actors in the animated film.
“I am really very conflicted about the new Raya and the final dragon casting. I love all those artists. But basically everyone is East Asian except KMT. Imagine how big it would really be for Southeast Asian actors. SE Asian actors are lacking in Hollywood, ”a user tweeted.
Others shared their excitement for South East Asian representation in Hollywood films. “Yay for little kids who see themselves represented at Disney!” One user tweeted.
Although the film has created buzz in its representation, Tran will make history as the first Southeast Asian actress to lead Disney’s animated film.
The actress wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in 2018, where she opened up about growing up, “as a person of color in a white-dominated world”, but her motives were nonetheless consistent are.
“I want to live in a world where children of color do not wish their entire teens to be white,” Tran wrote. “You can know me as Kelly.” I am the first woman of color to play the lead role in the movie ‘Star Wars’. I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. My real name is Lone. And I’m just getting started. “
The film is set to be available on Disney Plus with Premier Access in most markets, as well as it will be released in theaters on March 5. Premier Access will cost $ 29.99 for the title.
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