cassie steele
Via @ETCanada
Cassie Steele will play the role of Raya in Disney’s next animated movie. Via @ETCanada

Disney has chosen Filipino Canadian actress Cassie Steele for the lead role for the movie “Raya and the Last Dragon”.




RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

Raya and the Last Dragon follows a warrior’s quest to save the world of Lumandra by finding the last dragon.

The Disney film will have Southeast Asian influences.

Crazy Rich Asian’s Akwafina will be providing the voice of the dragon, Sisu.

At the announcement during D23, Steele said that being able to play the role of Raya was just “amazing”.

“I feel like she’s really a breakthrough character in terms of being female and being empowered, being a warrior and being badass, and it’s just such an honor to play her,” Steele went on to say.

Raya and the Last Dragon will be written by Adele Lim and directed by Paul Briggs.




CASSIE STEELE RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

Cassandra Rae Steele is a Filipino Canadian actress best known for her role on Degrassi: The Next Generation, where she played Manny Santos.

Steele father is British and her mother is Filipino.




FILIPINO CANADIAN CASSIE STEELE

Steele went to the London School of Dance in Scarborough, where she trained in ballet and jazz dance.

Before being cast in Degrassi: The Next Generation, Steele was a commercial model and also had a few acting roles.




CASSIE STEELE DEGRASSI THE NEXT GENERATION

Steele first appeared as a regular cast member on Degrassi: The Next Generation when she was eleven years old.

She played the role of Manny Santos for nine years until 2010.

She reprised the role of Many Santos for three Degrassi TV movies: Degrassi Spring Break Movie, Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi Takes Manhattan.




CASSIE STEELE OTHER ROLES

While she was a Degrassi regular, Steele did other work as well.

Steele was in the Disney movie “Full Court Miracle”, as well as MTV movies “Super Sweet 16:The Movie” and “My Baby Sitter’s a Vampire”.

Steele also had roles in the TV series “The Best Years” and “Instant Star”.

She also played the role of Abby Vargas in The LA Complex in 2011.




CASSIE STEELE MUSIC CAREER

Steele released her debut album “How Much For Happy” in 2005. Her debut album was certified gold, selling more than 25,000 copies.

Her second album “Destructo Doll” was released in 2009. Her second album was certified gold, selling more than 25,000 copies.

Her third album “Patterns” was released in 2014.




RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON RELEASE DATE

Raya and the Last Dragon will be released on November 25, 2020.





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