Celebrity News

Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho Return for Live-Action Moana

There’s just no telling how far our excitement goes for this movie.

Disney‘s 2016 animated movie Moana will soon return to the screen in live-action format, Walt Disney Studios announced on April 3. And that’s not all—Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to reprise his role as Maui the demigod, as well as serve as a producer on the film.

Auli’i Cravalho, the original voice of Moana, will also head back to the fictional island of Motunui as an executive producer on the project, according to Deadline.

The project also comes with personal significance for Johnson, whose late grandfather Peter Maivia served as the inspiration for Maui. 

“This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people’s grace, mana and warrior strength,” Johnson wrote on Instagram April 3. “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.”