Everything We Know So Far About the Live-Action ‘Moana’ Remake

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Last week, actor Dwayne Johnson officially announced Disney’s newest project, a live-action remake of the 2016 animated feature Moana. This is already a highly anticipated project, so what do we know about it so far? Read on below to find out.

When was the live-action ‘Moana’ announced?

Dwayne Johnson announced the live-action Moana movie on April 3 via an announcement video posted to his Instagram. Johnson is set to be reprising his role as Maui, a legendary demigod who possesses a fish hook that allows him to transform into different animals. In the video, he expressed his excitement about the project and how it was a dream come true for him.

Johnson talked about how he’s looking forward to working with Disney again and how he is excited to bring the character of Maui to life in a new way. The video also featured some concept art for the movie and gave fans a glimpse of what they could expect from the film.

Will other ‘Moana’ cast members be returning?

We know Johnson will be playing the demigod Maui again, but will other voice actors from the original movie be reprising their roles in the live-action film? As for the title character, so far, all we know is that actress Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the original animated film, is listed as an executive producer for the new movie. It hasn’t yet been announced whether she’ll be playing the lead role again.

No cast members have yet been formally announced, but some characters we’re likely to see again in the live-action Moana are Gramma Tala, voiced by Rachel House, and Chief Tui, voiced by Temuera Morrison,

Other Disney live-action remakes

Disney has been producing live-action remakes of their beloved animated features for several years now, and some of these remakes have been very successful. For example, The Lion King (2019) grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide, while Beauty and the Beast (2017) grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. These movies have been so successful that Disney has continued to produce more live-action remakes of their animated classics, and it’s unlikely that Moana will be the last.

Disney currently has a long list of upcoming live-action remakes, including The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Lion King 2, Bambi, and Hercules

When and where can I watch it?

As of now, no official release date has been announced for the new film, but we can expect production to take a few years. The average Hollywood film takes around four years to produce, but we don’t know how long production has been going on this one, so it very well might be here as early as 2025.

After the film’s cinematic release, it’s likely that it’ll only be available for streaming through Disney+, Disney’s premier streaming service. The platform has reached over 100 million paid subscribers since its launch in 2019, making it one of the most-viewed streaming services across the world.

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