Disney has announced that Moana will be returning to the big screen, this time in a live-action remake. The 2016 animated movie was a smash hit, grossing over $600 million worldwide and earning critical acclaim for its vibrant storytelling and representation of Polynesian culture. Fans of the original film will be delighted to hear that two key players from the original production are returning to bring the live-action version to life.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will reprise his role as Maui, the demigod who accompanies Moana on her epic journey across the Pacific Ocean. In addition to his acting duties, Johnson will also serve as a producer on the project, bringing his extensive experience in the film industry to the table. Johnson’s involvement in the remake was confirmed by Walt Disney Studios on April 3, sending fans into a frenzy of excitement on social media.
But that’s not all – Auli’i Cravalho, the original voice of Moana, will also be returning to the project as an executive producer. Cravalho, who was just 14 years old when she was cast in the lead role, won praise for her powerful singing voice and her portrayal of a young woman coming into her own as a leader. Her involvement in the live-action remake will no doubt be a boon to fans who loved her performance in the original film.
The news of Johnson and Cravalho’s involvement in the live-action Moana remake was confirmed by Deadline, who reported that the two actors would be working with director Jon M. Chu to bring the project to life. Chu, who previously directed Crazy Rich Asians and the upcoming film adaptation of the musical Wicked, is a highly regarded filmmaker with a strong track record of bringing diverse stories to the big screen.
Details about the live-action Moana remake are still scarce, but fans can rest assured that they’re in good hands with Johnson, Cravalho, and Chu at the helm. The original film was a beloved cultural touchstone for many, and the live-action version has the potential to introduce a whole new generation of viewers to the magic of Moana’s world. With Johnson and Cravalho on board, it’s sure to be an exciting journey.