Raya and the Last Dragon

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Raya and the Last Dragon is an upcoming American computer-animated adventure fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios for distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The 59th film produced by the studio, it is directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directed by Paul Briggs and John Ripa,[1] produced by Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim, and music score composed by James Newton Howard.[2] The film features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as the titular Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu, the last dragon.

Raya and the Last Dragon is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States on March 5, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film will also be simultaneously available on Disney+ with Premier Access.


Long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya and her pet pill bug companion Tuk Tuk, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it's going to take trust as well.[3]


  • Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a fearless and passionate warrior princess who has been training to become a Guardian of the Dragon Gem.[4] To restore peace to Kumandra, she embarks in search for the last dragon.[5][6]
  • Awkwafina as Sisu, a water dragon who can transform into a human and is the last dragon in existence.[7]



On May 24, 2018, That Hashtag Show reported that Walt Disney Animation Studios was developing an animated film titled Dragon Empire, which would be the directorial debut of story artists Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, written by Kiel Murray.[8] In October of the same year, Deadline reported that Adele Lim was hired to retouch the script, and that Osnat Shurer had been hired to produce the movie.[9] On August 24, 2019, Disney officially announced the film during their D23 Expo Walt Disney Animation Studios' presentation panel.[5] In August 2020, it was announced that Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, the latter who had joined Disney Animation in 2019, were now taking over the reins as directors, with Briggs remaining as co-director and John Ripa joining him. In addition, Qui Nguyen joined Lim as co-writer and Peter Del Vecho joined Shurer as producer.[6][1]


On August 2, 2019, during the D23 Expo, Awkwafina and Cassie Steele were announced to have been cast in the film as Sisu and Raya, respectively.[5] On August 27, 2020, it was revealed that Steele had left the project, with Kelly Marie Tran voicing Raya instead.[6]

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The film is set in a fictional fantasy land called Kumandra, inspired by Southeast Asian cultures from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Laos.[10][11][12] To conduct research, the filmmakers and the production team traveled to all of the abovementioned countries, except Myanmar and Malaysia.[13][14][15][16]


James Newton Howard will compose the score for Raya and the Last Dragon.[2] The film marks the fourth time he has scored an animated film by Walt Disney Animation Studios, having previously composed for Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Treasure Planet.


The first look poster and teaser of the film was released on October 21, 2020. On December 10, 2020, Disney's official Instagram account revealed a new poster for the film, as well as its new release date.


Raya and the Last Dragon was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on November 25, 2020.[5] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film's release was delayed to March 12, 2021.[17] On December 10, 2020, as part of Disney's Investor Day presentation, it was announced that the film's theatrical release date was pushed up by a week, along with the film being simultaneously released on Disney+ with Premier Access the same day.[18]


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  18. Welcome to the Kingdom of Kumandra. Raya and the Last Dragon is coming to theaters and on #DisneyPlus with Premier Access on March 5, 2021.

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