Ariana DeBose to Star in Disney’s ‘Wish,’ With Songs by Julia Michaels

For decades, wishes have been an important part of Disney history, as seen in songs like “When You Wish Upon a Star” to “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” Disney’s upcoming movie, aptly titled “Wish,” is taking that concept to the next level, the company announced at the D23 Expo on Friday.

The new, animated film takes place in Rosas, the kingdom of wishes, it was announced at the D23 Expo on Friday. The movie focuses on the power of wishes, and it blends the classic watercolor-esque Disney animation style with a newer, CGI look. Ariana DeBose will play Asha, the 17-year-old heroine and protagonist of “Wish.” Jennifer Lee wrote the film, with Chris Buck, Fawn Veerashunthorn directing.

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DeBose treated the D23 audience to a live performance of “More for Us,” one of the songs from “Wish.” The movie will hit theaters in November 2023, in honor of Disney’s 100th anniversary.

Alan Tudyk voices an adorable goat named Valentino in the movie. Julia Michaels, the recording artist known for her single “Issues” and penning the Billboard No. 1 hits “Sorry” and “Lose You to Love Me,” will write original songs for the musical.

DeBose recently won an Oscar for best supporting actress in “West Side Story,” which co-starred upcoming “Snow White” star Rachel Zegler. Tudyk has previously lent his voice to multiple Disney animated projects including “Wreck It Ralph,” “Frozen,” “Big Hero Six,” “Moana,” “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Encanto.” The actor will also portray the father Mr. Darling in the upcoming live-action Disney+ film “Peter Pan and Wendy.”

“Wish” will be the 62nd Walt Disney Animation Studio feature film. It follows the upcoming “Strange World,” a sci-fi adventure film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Don Hall. Other upcoming animated films distributed by Disney include the Pixar film “Elemental,” set for release in June 16, 2023. Other musical films set for release by Disney include Disney+’s “Disenchanted” and the live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

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