Ariana DeBose Stirs Up a Storm in the Trailer For Disney’s Animated Musical “Wish”
“When you wish upon a star . . .” It’s one of the most famous lyrics in the Disney canon, coming from the company’s 1940 film “Pinocchio.” It’s also part of the inspiration for the new Disney animated feature musical “Wish,” which releases this fall. Disney first announced the project at D23 Expo in September 2022, which POPSUGAR was on hand for. It stars Oscar winner Ariana DeBose as Asha, an optimist living in the magical kingdom of Rosas.
“Wish” follows Asha as she tries to save her kingdom by – of course – making a wish. Asha’s plea is literally answered by a little cosmic ball of energy called Star. The pair’s journey is previewed in the film’s first trailer, which Disney released April 27. Joining DeBose is Chris Pine as the nefarious King Magnifico, Disney announced on April 26. Executive producer and cowriter Jennifer Lee said of Pine’s casting in a statement, “As the most powerful person in the kingdom, King Magnifico needed to be played by someone who could give all the charm, cleverness and charisma to this magnanimous character, and Chris is beautifully bringing all of that and then some.”
Actor Alan Tudyk – a Disney favorite who’s lent his talents to “Frozen,” “Disenchanted,” and many more – voices a pajama-wearing goat named Valentino. The project is directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn.
Disney has said that “Wish” and its focus on the wishing star, a feature of so many Disney films, is meant to honor 100 years of Disney, which the company is celebrating this year. Disney released the full trailer for the movie on Sept. 27 and shared the rest of the movie’s star-studded voice cast.
Ahead is everything we know about “Wish” so far.