Disney reveals Moana is next in line to get live-action remake treatment
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has dropped some major Disney news: the cast of fan-favorite film Moana will set sail again, but this time in a live-action movie.
In a pre-recorded teaser clip, The Rock and Disney CEO Bob Iger and Johnson shared the update at Disney’s annual shareholders meeting on Monday.
In the pre-recorded clip, Johnson appeared with his daughters on a beach in Hawaii.
"We are so excited and happy to announce that a live-action reimagining of Moana is in the works. Moana, Gramma Tala, the music, the dance, Te Fiti, Pua the pig, the village, the beautiful, powerful ocean, and one more… What's that guy’s name? Oh, you're truly, Heihei the chicken," Johnson said.
He added: "[Just] kidding. Heihei is going to be in it but of course, Maui will be in it, too."
"So, it’s still very early in the process, there’s so much more work to be done but until then, there is one more thing that I need to kick this journey off right," Johnson.
At that moment, his two daughters can be seen handing him a real-life prop of Maui's magical fish hook, which fans will recognise from the 2016 animated film.
He then revealed how the original film was so incredibly personal to him.
"This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people’s grace and warrior strength," he said in the promo clip.
"I wear this culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reunite with Maui, inspired by the mana and spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is one that runs very deep for me."
He went on to thank Disney for their 'strong commitment to this special endeavor'.
"There is no better world for us to honor the story of our people, our passion and our purpose than through the realm of music and dance, which is at the core of who we are as Polynesian people," Johnson added.
Johnson will reprise his role as Maui, the cheeky demigod of the wind and sea.
He's also on the bill to produce the film, as is Auli‘i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the 2016 original.
Cravalho said in a statement, as per Nerdist: "I’m looking forward to sharing her story in a whole new way."
No release date for the live-action take on Moana movie has been provided yet, so watch this space.