I'm so excited about this movie. I also think that it's great to see Anika Noni Rose get more exposure. I first became familiar with her work when she created the Tony-winning role of Emmie in Caroline, or Change.
I can't wait to see this.
One thing that *does* bug me a bit is that this technically *won't* be Disney's first black princess. In animation, yes. Disney opened a musical on Broadway a few years ago called Aida, though. She is also black and a princess.
Does that bug anyone else a tiny bit, or just me? I wish they'd clarify that she's the first animated black princess.
I still have hopes that someday, Aida will either be animated or become a movie musical. Tim Rice and Elton John did a really good job with it and I'd love to see the production again.