A Moana live-action remake is coming. No more staring at the edge of the water, waiting for updates: keep scrolling to find out everything you need to know about the latest Disney animated film to get the live-action treatment.
The most notable recent reimaginings of beloved Disney animated films include The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey, Cruella starring Emma Stone, Mulan, Aladdin, and The Lion King; Disney has even more live-action remakes planned for the coming years, including 2024's Snow White starring Rachel Zegler, Lilo & Stitch, and Hercules.
The live-action remake of Moana was first announced on April 3, 2023, by the animated film's star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who voiced the shapeshifting demigod Maui. Posting across all socials, Johnson shared a special announcement video filmed on the island of Oahu where he grew up.
"Deeply humbled to announce we're bringing the beautiful story of MOANA to the live action big screen!" Johnson wrote in his Instagram caption. “This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people's grace, mana and warrior strength. I wear our culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once in a lifetime opportunity to reunite with MAUI, inspired by the spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is one that runs very deep for me. We're honored to partner with @DisneyStudios to tell our story through the realm of music and dance, which at the core is who we are as Polynesian people."
The Moana live-action announcement comes only a few weeks after major production and casting developments for the live-action Lilo & Stitch movie made headlines. Talk about a huge live-action win for the Pacific Islander community.