Dwayne Johnson, known for his charismatic screen presence, has recently confirmed his involvement in the live-action remake of Disney’s “Moana.” He joyfully announced his return as the voice of Maui, a character he originally brought to life in the 2016 animated hit. This announcement, made during an episode of “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, was celebrated with an impromptu rendition of the song “You’re Welcome,” a fan favorite from the original film.
The upcoming film, set for release on June 27, 2025, marks a significant milestone in Disney’s history. It represents the shortest gap between an original animated film and its live-action remake, with just nine years separating the two. This adaptation is not only the first from Disney’s Revival era to be transformed into live action but also the first 3D animated film to receive such treatment.
Behind the scenes, the project is shaping up to be a collaborative reunion. Thomas Kail, acclaimed for directing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musicals like “In the Heights” and “Hamilton,” has been appointed as the director. Adding to the excitement, Jared Bush, the writer of the original “Moana” screenplay, is returning to pen the remake.
Disney CEO Bob Iger, alongside Johnson, shared the news at Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting, underscoring the significance of this venture. Johnson is not only reprising his role but also taking the helm as a producer through his company, Seven Bucks Productions. Auli’i Cravalho, the voice of Moana in the animated version, joins him as an executive producer in collaboration with Scott Sheldon of Flynn Picture Co.
“Moana” will be the eighth Disney Princess story to be reimagined in live-action, following the likes of “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin”. What sets this remake apart is its focus on Moana as an independent character without a love interest, a narrative choice reflecting modern sensibilities.
This remake promises to be a vibrant blend of nostalgia and fresh perspectives, with a team that deeply understands the heart of the original story. Fans eagerly await to see how this beloved tale will be reinterpreted for a new generation.
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