Fresh off her stunning performance at The Oscars, “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho has landed a role in an NBC show called ‘Drama High.” Right now only the pilot has been ordered, but that’s how you get a gig in Hollywood these days. The 16-year old will be working with “Friday Night Lights” executive producer Jason Katims and producer of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” Jeffrey Seller.
Update: Here’s Cravalho talking on Yahoo about her role in the pilot “Drama High” for NBC
Seller worked close with “Hamiliton” creator and original star Lin-Manual Miranda who wrote “How Far I’ll Go” for Disney’s “Moana.” Miranda also introduced Cravalho’s performance with a special rap prologue at the Oscars.
The NBC pilot is based off the book “Drama High” written by Michael Sokolove. It’s follows the inspiring story of high school drama teacher Lou Volpe who ignites the passion of his students from a predominantly working class background to put on a great production and along the way unite the town.
Cravalho will play Lilette, one of the students. The show is expected to feature production numbers, so expect to hear singing from Cravalho and the other cast members. If the show comes close to capturing the spirit of “Smash,” another NBC show that has a huge following, I think it will do great.
In case you missed it, here again is Auli’i Cravahlo absolutely nailing “How Far I’ll Go” at The Oscars.
There’s no doubt in our mind if Cravahlo keeps focused and growing her talent she’ll go very far indeed in whatever she wants to do, including Hollywood.
Photo caption: Auli’i Cravahlo on the 89th Oscars broadcast live on the ABC Television Network. (Photo courtesy ABC/Eddy Chen)