The entertainment world is buzzing with excitement as Dwayne Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock’, has confirmed his return as Maui in the much-anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s “Moana”. This reveal was made even more special when Johnson sang “You’re Welcome” on “The Tonight Show” hosted by Jimmy Fallon, showcasing his enthusiasm for the project.
Slated for a June 27, 2025 release, the live-action “Moana” is a landmark in Disney’s cinematic journey. It’s noteworthy for being the quickest turnaround for a live-action remake, coming just nine years after the original. Not only is it the first film from Disney’s modern Revival era to get this treatment, but it also stands as the first 3D animated movie to be reimagined in live action.
Behind this ambitious project, Thomas Kail, renowned for directing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musicals, has been tapped as the director. The script will be in familiar hands, as Jared Bush, the original writer, is on board for the remake.
The news of the remake first came to light at Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting, announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger and Dwayne Johnson himself. Johnson is not only starring in the film but also producing it through his Seven Bucks Productions, alongside Auli’i Cravalho, the original voice of Moana, and Scott Sheldon from Flynn Picture Co.
This remake represents a significant moment in Disney’s live-action adaptations, as “Moana” joins the ranks of Disney Princess films like “Cinderella”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Aladdin” that have been reimagined for new audiences. Unique to this adaptation, Moana’s character will not have a love interest, a refreshing take that aligns with contemporary storytelling trends.
The blend of Johnson’s charismatic portrayal of Maui, Kail’s visionary direction, and Bush’s storytelling promises to bring a new dimension to this beloved story. As fans eagerly await the film’s release, they can look forward to a nostalgic yet innovative reinterpretation of a modern Disney classic.