“Wish,” a new musical comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, will have Chris Pine as the character of King Magnifico, the company said at CinemaCon on Wednesday.
This Thanksgiving, the musical comedy will be shown in cinemas.
Pine (“Into the Woods,” “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”) will be in the movie with Ariana DeBose, who won an Oscar and plays a young woman named Asha. Chris Pine gives his voice to the ruler of Rosas, a magical country where wishes really do come true.
“Because King Magnifico was the most powerful person in the kingdom, he had to be played by someone who could bring all of his charm, smarts, and charisma to the role.”
Chris does all of that and more,” Jennifer Lee, one of the film's writers and an executive producer of “Wish,” said in a statement.
Tony Chambers, executive vice president of Disney and head of theatrical distribution, told people about the hire at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Asha is a smart, idealistic person who is introduced in “Wish.” She makes a wish that is so strong that a cosmic force called Star grants it. According to Disney's description of the movie, Asha and Star set out to show that when the brave will of one person meets the magic of the stars, wonderful things can happen.
Alan Tudyk voices Asha's pet goat, Valentino. Chris Buck (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) are in charge of directing the movie. Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) is the producer, and Juan Pablo Reyes (“Encanto”) is a co-producer.
Jennifer Lee (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) is an executive producer, and she and Allison Moore (“Night Sky,” “Manhunt”) are writers on the project. “Wish” only comes out in theaters on November 22, 2023. It has songs by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice, as well as a score by composer Dave Metzger.
John Carrabino Management, CAA, and SBV Talent Agency all work for Pine.