Disney’s latest animation “Raya and the Last Dragon” featured its first Southeast Asian princess, which the production team revealed on Instagram to be inspired by Yaya, a famous Thai celebrity.
According to various Thai media reports, Fawn Veerasunthorn, the head of the story for the film who is also a Thai citizen, recently revealed on Instagram that actress Yaya will be the voice of princess Raya in the Thai version of the animation.
She posted a sketch, showing Yaya leaning on a tuk-tuk to share the good news with fans. In the caption, she wrote: “Looking forward to seeing Yaya bringing Raya to life!”
One of the screenwriters, Dean Wellins, left a comment under the post saying, “Big fan of Yaya, don’t tell her she inspired the character design,” to which Fawn replied, “DEAN, CAN WE SAY THIS OUT LOUD???”.
Although the comments were later deleted, a screenshot of the conversation went viral, sparking excitement among fans.
Yaya, 28, is Thailand’s national sweetheart. She has made a name for herself as the star of Thailand’s best-selling movie “Brother of the Year.” She has already won numerous film and television awards.
Produced by the original team of “Frozen,” “Raya and the Last Dragon” is an inspired blend of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, Laos, and other Southeast Asian countries.
The film is currently showing in Taiwan cinemas.
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