A new trailer of the upcoming animated film ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is released by Disney. The film represents Asian culture through its story and characters. As soon as the trailer was launched, viewers started to share various opinions about the representation of Asian culture in the film. The film has an amazing voice cast consisting of many famous Asian American celebrities like Gemma Chan, Sandra Oh, and Awkwafina.
Different Views On ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Are Shared Online
The latest trailer of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ triggered criticism mostly on the Asian representation in the film. Many viewers criticized the fact that the film has more East Asian cast members for the major characters than actors of Southeast Asia. According to one of the tweets, most of the cast members except Kelly-Marie Tran belongs to East Asia. Tran has given voice to the leading character Raya in the film. According to the viewer, it would be more amazing if the film had Southeast Asian cast members. The post also mentioned that Hollywood is lacking Southeast Asian actors.
In spite of the controversies regarding the cast, many expressed their eagerness to watch the film. Many viewers expressed gratitude to Disney for finally making a film on Southeast Asian culture. Interestingly, Tran is going to be the first Southeast Asian actress to have a leading role in a Disney film.
‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ tells the story of a girl named Raya and her venture to discover the “last dragon”. The film will release in the theatre and in Disney Plus’ Premier Access Program on 5th March.