Chris Pine Joins Ariana DeBose in Disney’s New Animated Musical “Wish”

Chris Pine Joins Ariana DeBose in Disney’s New Animated Musical “Wish”

“When you wish upon a star . . .” It’s one of the most famous lyrics in the Disney canon, coming from the company’s 1940 film “Pinocchio.” It’s also part of the inspiration for the new Disney animated feature musical “Wish,” which releases this fall. Disney first announced the project at D23 Expo in September 2022, which POPSUGAR was on hand for; it stars Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose as Asha, an optimist living in the magical kingdom of Rosas.

“Wish” follows Asha as she tries to save her kingdom by — of course — making a wish. Per Disney, Asha’s plea is literally answered by a little cosmic ball of energy called Star. The pair will work together to try to save the day. The new film has original songs by Julia Michaels, Benjamin Rice, and composer Dave Metzger and is directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn.

On April 26, Disney announced a new member of the animated movie’s cast: Chris Pine, who’ll voice a character named King Magnifico. Executive producer and cowriter Jennifer Lee said of Pine’s casting in a statement, “As the most powerful person in the kingdom, King Magnifico needed to be played by someone who could give all the charm, cleverness and charisma to this magnanimous character, and Chris is beautifully bringing all of that and then some.”

Actor Alan Tudyk — a Disney favorite who’s lent his talents to “Frozen,” “Disenchanted,” and many more — also voices a pajama-wearing goat named Valentino.

Disney has said that “Wish” and its focus on the wishing star, a feature of so many Disney films, is meant to honor 100 years of Disney, which the company is celebrating this year. Ahead, here’s what we know about “Wish” so far.

RULER OF ROSAS – Walt Disney Animation Studios' King Magnifico

“Wish” Cast

The movie’s voice cast features DeBose as Asha, Pine as King Magnifico, and Tudyk as Valentino. They’re the only cast members we know of so far.

“Wish” Release Date

“Wish” hits theaters on Nov. 22, just in time for Thanksgiving. It’s not clear when it’ll stream on Disney+.

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