Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, the 50-year-old wrestling legend and renowned actor, has announced that he will be bringing Disney’s animated film ‘Moana’ back to life in a live-action remake. Johnson originally voiced the character of Maui in the 2016 animated movie, which told the enchanting story of a determined chief’s daughter in ancient Polynesia. Now, he is set to lead the cast in the highly anticipated live-action version.
Taking to Twitter, Johnson shared his excitement about the upcoming project: “Humbled to say we’re bringing Moana’s beautiful story to the live-action big screen! Maui changed my life (miss you grandpa) and I’m honored to partner with Disney to tell our story through the realm of music and dance, which at the core is who we are as Polynesian people.”
The ‘Fast and Furious’ actor, whose mother is of Samoan descent, elaborated on his connection to the story and its importance in a statement. “I’m deeply humbled and overcome with gratitude to bring the beautiful story of ‘Moana’ to the live-action big screen. This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people’s grace and warrior strength. I wear this culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reunite with Maui, inspired by the mana and spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is one that runs very deep for me.”
He also expressed his appreciation for Disney’s commitment to the project, stating that there is no better way to honor the Polynesian culture than through the realm of music and dance, which is the essence of their people’s identity.
In addition to his tweet, Johnson posted a heartfelt video announcement on Twitter, featuring him and his two young daughters on a beach in Hawaii. In the video, he shared how much the film and the role of Maui mean to him, acknowledging that it’s still in the early stages of development and there’s a lot more work to be done. However, he is eager to bring the beloved story to life once more for fans to enjoy.
This live-action remake of ‘Moana’ promises to be a captivating and culturally rich retelling of the original animated film, bolstered by the passion and personal connection of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. As audiences around the world eagerly anticipate the release, it’s clear that this project holds a special place in the heart of the actor and the Polynesian community.