The first trailer has been released for Disney’s new film Raya and The Last Dragon, which hits the big screen in March 2021.
In August we reported on the first look at Raya and The Last Dragon and now a brand new trailer has been released.
The trailer begins with a young Raya preparing for a battle. She makes her way through what appears to be a tunnel, reaching a chamber at the end. In this chamber she engages in a fight with an unnamed character. Raya’s determination shines through in this short clip and it is a joy to see. In a stark contrast to classic Disney films, Raya—voiced by Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars)—is portrayed as powerful, strong and brave.
The trailer also reveals that Raya has grown up knowing that her destiny is to guard the dragon gem. However, for reasons yet to be released, the people of Kumandra are divided. It is this division which triggers Raya to go searching for the Last Dragon. It wouldn’t be a Disney film without an animal sidekick, and the trailer gives fans a great look at Raya’s adorable sidekick Tuk Tuk.
Directed by Don Hall (Moana) and Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting), the visuals are stunning and certainly echo and build on the style of Moana. Whilst there is little dialogue in the trailer, what is there (a short speech from Raya) shows great potential for the film. Kelly Marie Tran is set to deliver a flawless voice performance as Raya, putting emotion and power in her words.
What the trailer doesn’t show is the titular Last Dragon, Sisu, voiced by Awkwafina (The Farewell). I am actually pleased that the trailer doesn’t show Sisu. What it showed of the world and of Raya was enough to spark my interest in the film; keeping details about Sisu hidden builds suspense and my desire to see Raya and The Last Dragon.
Raya and The Last Dragon is set to be released in March 2021.
Words by Orla McAndrew
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