Ariana DeBose Will Star in Disney’s ‘Wish’ [D23 First Look]

Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose, who wow’ed audiences in 2021’s West Side Story, will star in Disney’s upcoming animated film, Wish. Yesterday, fans were treated to a first look at the film, which is scheduled for release in November 2023.

DeBose, 31, will voice Asha in the animated movie from Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. The story will dive into explaining how the wishing star that many Disney characters have wished upon came into existence.

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Ariana DeBose’s Character in Wish

DeBose’s character is a 17-year-old who sees a darkness in her kingdom that no one else does. So in a moment of desperation, she makes a passioned plea to the stars. And she is answered by a falling star.

The animated film was announced at the “Studio Showcase Day 1: Celebrate the Magic of Disney and Pixar” panel at the D23 Expo. And the movie is set in Rosas, the kingdom of wishes and will blend the classic Disney animation style with a newer, CGI look.

Alan Tudyk also stars and voices a goat named Valentino in the movie, while singer/songwriter Julia Michaels will write original songs for the musical.

Chris Buck will co-direct with Fawn Veerasunthorn and the movie is being produced by Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes.

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Ariana DeBose Is Surprised By Recent Film Success

Meanwhile, DeBose, who picked up the Best Supporting Actress award for playing Anita in the Steven Spielberg remake of West Side Story, recently revealed that she almost didn’t audition for the movie musical that has put her the spotlight for roles like Wish.

“I didn’t feel like I was going to be a candidate. Because I didn’t have 500,000 followers. I wasn’t ‘a name.’ I was from Broadway. And typically when they make movie musicals in the States, they aren’t using theater talent, they’re using pop stars. The other thing was that the character, Anita, didn’t look like me—she’s not a Black woman.” DeBose reveals.

DeBose, who was involved with the debut of Hamilton on Broadway, also shared that she was in New York experiencing “chaotic peace” when she found out she was nominated for the Oscar.

“I was walking by the East River in New York City. You’re on this walkway with the highway on one side and the tranquil water on the other. It was absolute chaotic peace, which is exactly how I felt about the news.” DeBose added.

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