Dwayne Johnson Confirms That “Moana” Live-Action Remake is in the Works

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Dwayne Johnson at the "Rampage" film premiere in 2018. Photo by J M Warren/SHM/REX/Shutterstock (9626351ah)

Live-action remakes of beloved Disney movies are all the rage right now, and another one is on the way. Dwayne Johnson announced that the studio is developing a live-action adaptation of Moana, and he’ll reprise the role of Maui in this exciting project.

Johnson shared the amazing news during Disney’s annual shareholder meeting led by CEO Bob Iger and recorded a sweet message in Hawaii alongside his daughters. The actor said he’s “deeply humbled and overcome with gratitude to bring the beautiful story of Moana to the live-action big screen.”

In addition to reprising the role of Maui, the exiled shapeshifting demigod who helped Moana find her way on her journey of self-discovery and reflection, Johnson will also executive produce the upcoming live-action remake. Auliʻi Cravalho, who voiced Moana, is also coming on board as executive producer.

The live-action Moana was announced shortly after Disney started plotting new versions of The Aristocats and Lilo & Stitch. The studio has about a dozen live-action remakes in development, including the highly-anticipated The Little Mermaid later this spring.

“It’s still early, but the idea of working with these fantastic partners to tell such a meaningful story on a live-action canvas, particularly as we celebrate 100 years of storytelling at Disney, is thrilling,” said Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production