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Ariana Debose to Star in Disney Movie ‘Wish’ from ‘Frozen’ Team



Disney Animation revealed Frozen Favorites Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are teaming to write the feature Wish, which will tell how the wishing star that so many Disney characters have wished upon came to be. Oscar winner Ariana Debose will star.

“How did the wishing start?” Lee asked at D23 Friday, referencing all the wishing that happens in Disney animated movies. It’s slated for 2023 and will be a watercolor style of animation blended with CG.

Wish centers on main character Asha, who sees a darkness in her kingdom that no one else does, so in a moment of desperation, she makes a passionate plea to the stars. The answer to Asha’s wish is an actual star that falls from the sky to help on her journey. Alan Tudyk arrived onstage to announce he will voice a goat named Valentino in the film.

Disney also offered a glimpse of Strange World to close out its D23 panel Friday. Jake Gyllenhaal made his first appearance at the Anaheim, Calif. convention to show off his role as Searcher Clade, a member of a family of adventurers who travels to a mysterious land together on an important mission.

Director Don Hall and screenwriter Qui Nguyen took the stage to share a new trailer from the film, with stars Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White and Lucy Liu joining. Then, as Liu noted, there was a clip that not even the cast had seen yet. The clip showed an action packed getaway scene in which Ethan Clade (Young-White) meets his grandfather Jaeger Clade (Quaid) for the first time.

The film opens Nov. 22.

Disney also revealed a look at Iwajú: a pan-African sci-fi series being made by the African entertainment company Kugali and hails from director Olufikayo Ziki Adeola, production designer Hamid Ibrahim and cultural consultant Tolu Olowofoyeko.

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