The film is led by Asha, a young woman who accidentally summons a powerful shooting star to help her take back wishes stolen by Rosas’ King Magnifico.
Wish co-director previously told The Direct the leading character, Asha, has “a passion and a drive and a strength to her” like many previous Disney heroes. But what really makes her “unique” is how they were able to “[bring] in Ariana DeBose.”
But the West Side Story actress is far from the only talented star partaking in the fun.
Meet the Cast of Disney's Wish Movie
Ariana DeBose - Asha
Ariana DeBose brings to life the charming, sharp-witted, and determined Asha. She treasures her family and community, and as the story begins, she’s hoping to become King Mangifico’s apprentice.
Asha is also really hoping her one-hundred-year-old Sabino finally gets his wish granted on his birthday.
In a press release for the movie, co-director Chris Buck described the main character of Wish as “energetic,” “enthusiastic,” and “driven:”
“Asha is energetic—and enthusiastic member of her community who proudly shows off this incredible place where she’s grown up. She’s a believer. She’s driven to do what is right for Rosas, which really kicks in when she learns the king’s real plans for most of the wishes in his possession.”
Chris Pine - King Magnifico
Chris Pine plays King Magnifico, the most powerful man of all of Rosas and the villain of Wish. The King practices magic while promising to grant his subject’s wishes at monthly ceremonies.
What he doesn’t tell everyone, however, is that Magnifico doesn’t plan on granting many of the wishes he takes away, claiming some to be far too dangerous to make a reality. Once the powerful Star comes into the picture, the King starts to fall down a rabbit hole with forbidden magic.
Art director of characters Bill Schwab expressed in the press release for the movie that “it was really exciting to design a true villain,” calling King Magnifico as “super vain” and “self-absorbed:”
“It was really exciting to design a true villain... The directors always wanted him to be very attractive, body-conscious, dynamic. We really played up his shock of hair like he probably spends a lot of time in the mirror. He’s super vain. He’s super self-absorbed. But he looks like a winner.
Alan Tudyk - Valentino
Valentino, voiced by Alan Tudyk, is Asha’ trusty goat companion who gets the ability to speak thanks to Star. He’s both confident and opinionated and adds plenty of heart and laughs to the film.
According to Fawn Veerasunthorn in a press release, Valentino “carries a big theme in this movie:”
“He carries a big theme in this movie... He loves to climb, but he’s not very good at it—he keeps falling down. But he refuses to be discouraged, saying, ‘With each fall, I learn. I just keep going.’”
Angelique Cabral - Amaya
Amaya is King Magnifico’s loving and devoted wife and his trusty sounding board. Once the King starts to fall into the lure of forbidden magic, she starts to have doubts regarding his leadership.
Director Fawn Veerasunthorn explained in a press release that she “rules this kingdom with compassion and respect for the people:
“She rules this kingdom with compassion and respect for the people. She encourages everyone to have their hopes and dreams and be kind to each other, and we love that about Queen Amaya.”
Other projects Cabral can be seen in include Life in Pieces, Enlisted, and Friends with Benefits.
Victor Garber - Sabino
Victor Garber brings Sabino to life, Asha’s late father’s father. He’s a hundred years old, and Asha is hoping he’ll finally get his wish granted at a ceremony.
In a press release for the film, director Chris Buck noted Garber lends “his own warmth, likability and charm to the character:”
“We want audiences to root for Sabino to get his wish—finally!... Victor Garber does that from the moment we meet Sabino. He lends his own warmth, likability, and charm to the character and makes the sweet relationship between Asha and her grandfather really shine. Victor also brings a level of classiness and strength to Sabino.”
Many will remember the actor from his time on Alias and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. He also was in Titanic, Argo, and Legally Blonde.
Natasha Rothwell - Sakina
Sakina is Asha’s loving and supportive mom alongside Sabino. Natasha Rothwell gives her voice to the creative character, who also happens to be the one who knitted Valentino’s pajamas.
Head of animation Rebecca Wilson shared how the character “reminds [her] of [her] mom, who’s very supportive.” She also added that “Sakina is super supportive of Asha—she wants her to do great things.”
Jennifer Kumiyama - Dahlia
Jennifer Kumiyama’s Dahlia is one of Asha’s main friends and a talented baker who has a massive crush on King Magnifico. Unofficially, she’s the leader of Asha’s larger friend group.
Co-director Chris Buck explained that Dahlia is “methodical” and compliments Asha:
“Dahlia and Asha complement one another... Dahlia is methodical—the kind of person who stops and assesses the situation, while Asha is more full speed ahead.”
The actress also appears in Awkward., PlusmThis! Show, and The Sessions.
Harvey Guillén - Gabo
Harvey Guillén plays Gabo, Asha’s friend who is inspired by Grumpy. He is quick with a comeback and is a harsh cynic—though, secretly, he has a heart of gold.
Screenwriter Allison Moore described the character in a press release as “the realist of the bunch” who is “willing to tell his friends the hard truth about life.”
Guillén recently starred in Blue Beetle and can also be seen in What We Do in the Shadows, Mickey Mouse Funhouse, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and more.
Niko Vargas - Hal
Hall is Asha’s friend who is perpetually happy, always bringing a little joy to every situation. She is voiced by actress Niko Vargas,
Screenwriter Allison Moore shared that “even when [Hal’s] really nervous or scared, she smiles.”
Vargas can also briefly be seen in Craig of the Creek and Monkey Wrench.
Evan Peters - Simon
Allison Moore simply summed up Simon by saying how “he’s a bit of a gentle giant.”
Ramy Youssef - Safi
Ramy Youssef’s Safi, another member of Asha’s friend group, is plagued by allergies and is constantly catching himself sneezing.
Co-director Veerasunthorn shared how they “wanted his hat to pop off when he sneezed, and then settle back onto his head—just like the 2D hand-drawn character [Sneezy].”
Youssef starred in three seasons of Ramy and also played a role in Poor Things and Mr. Robot.
Jon Rudnitsky - Dario
Asha’s friend Dario, played by Jon Rudnitsky, is an easy-to-love, rosy-cheeked young man who is inspired by Dopey.
Head of story Mark Kennedy noted how Dario "lives in his own world," but is also "unexpectedly brilliant:"
“Dario has a great heart, but he lives in his own world. Every now and then, however, he’ll say something unexpectedly brilliant, and everybody’s like, ‘What’s going on?’”
Rudnitsky can also be seen in The Big Leap, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Catch-22, and more.
Della Saba - Bazeema
Della Saba’s Bazeema is shy, full of surprises, and always keeping tabs on everyone from a distance. She is also a part of Asha’s friend group.
In a press release for the movie, co-director Veerasunthorn revealed that the character is “an introvert:”
“She is an introvert... That’s why she doesn’t jump in and eagerly participate. I feel like we know more about extroverts and introverts in this day and age. We want to make space for everybody, and Bazeema’s friends accept her as she is.”
Fans can spot the actress in other projects such as Physical, Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, and Stillwater.
Wish is now playing in theaters worldwide.