On Monday, Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to announce that a live-action version of Disney’s 2016 animated hit “Moana” is in the works. With his daughters by his side, the actor shared his excitement for the upcoming project.
Johnson expressed his deep appreciation for the Polynesian culture that the story of “Moana” represents. He announced that he will be returning to the role of Maui, a character who he has said he considers to be close to his heart. Johnson explained that the project holds even greater significance as he feels it is in honor of his late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia.
While no other cast members have been confirmed, Johnson noted that they are in the early stages of development, and there is still much work to be done. The original animated film featured Auli’i Cravalho as Moana, with Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, and Temuera Morrison also lending their voices.
Disney has found success with previous live-action adaptations of their animated classics, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” The upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” starring Halle Bailey, is set to release in theaters next month.
Fans of the original “Moana” film will undoubtedly be eagerly anticipating this latest adaptation. With Johnson’s involvement and his passion for the project, it promises to be a thrilling journey into the world of Polynesian mythology and culture.