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Actors Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina on the Southeast Asian and female representation in Raya and the Last Dragon, only on Disney+ Hotstar Premium


The epic adventure Raya and the Last Dragon, set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where long ago humans and dragons lived together in harmony, is Now Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar PremiumJyothi Venkatesh

When an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity.

Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and unite its divided people.

Raya’s quest to find the last dragon, destroy the Druun and save her world is also a journey of self-discovery—a quest filled with danger, adventure, humor and new friendships, yet tinged with regret, loss and anger born of the need to avenge a wrong.

What Raya learns, and comes to believe, is bigger than all of us: we can trust, we can work together, we can unite. And, most importantly, we must.

Sharing her excitement, actor Kelly Marie Tran who has lent her voice for the character Raya, said, “It is so exciting to be the first Southeast Asian Disney Princess.

It is a big deal. It feels like a really big honor and a big responsibility at the same time, and I just want to do it justice. I’m really grateful, and even now I am still sort of in a place of disbelief with the whole thing.”

For Awkwafina, the representation was equally as important. Awkwafina said, “There are so many different levels of representation in ‘Raya and the Last Dragon.’

There’s Southeast Asian representation that you don’t really see a lot of, especially in the animated sphere.

But then there’s also the idea of three strong female leads. In the way that it’s presented, I have never seen anything like it in this country.”

Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya; Awkwafina as the legendary last dragon, Sisu; Izaac Wang as Boun; Gemma Chan as Namaari; Daniel Dae Kim as Benja; Benedict Wong as Tong; Jona Xiao as Young Namaari; Sandra Oh as Virana; Thalia Tran as Little Noi; Lucille Soong as Dang Hu; and Alan Tudyk as Tuk Tuk. Raya and the Last Dragon is helmed by Don Hall and Carlos Loìpez Estrada.

Veteran artist Paul Briggs and fellow longtime animator/story artist John Ripa are co-directors.

Osnat Shurer and Oscar winner Peter Del are the producers. Award-winning playwright and writer Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim wrote the screenplay.