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Dwayne Johnson to voice male lead in Disney's animated musical Moana

04.02.2015
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While Disney has two burgeoning franchises in BIG HERO 6 and TANGLED and FROZEN already set for a sequel, the animation branch of the House of Mouse is moving forward with their next big musical film, MOANA. We have see some concept art for the film which is set to be directed by the filmmakers behind THE LITTLE MERMAID and ALADDIN, but now we have the first big name set to join the cast.

Dwayne Johnson, who has worked in family films before, will take the male lead in MOANA which will also feature the former wrestler singing. He shared the news via his Instagram feed.

The CG-animated comedy-adventure takes place in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania. Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Disney had a lull in the quality of their animated films for quite some time in the 1990s and early 2000s, but in recent years they have shown they are almost equal to Pixar in terms of quality animated entertainment. Love them or hate them, FROZEN, TANGLED, and BIG HERO 6 rank amongst the better end of Disney's animated output. Dwayne Johnson is a born entertainer and has shown he can sing, so I am all on board with this casting news.

MOANA is slated to hit theaters in 2016, which means Disney will announce the live action remake sometime soon.

Source: Instagram

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7:06PM on 04/02/2015
Aww, I thought he'd actually be in Bambi the movie a la SNL joke, hehe. Anyway, I'm sure he'll be a great voice actor.
Aww, I thought he'd actually be in Bambi the movie a la SNL joke, hehe. Anyway, I'm sure he'll be a great voice actor.
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6:33PM on 04/02/2015
Nice that they cast an ethnically Samoan actor for the role. Disney is usually good with casting the right ethnicity and being culturally diverse. I guess they got lucky with this one, they need a Pacific Islander to play the part, it just so happens that one of the biggest movie stars in the world right now is of South Pacific origin
Nice that they cast an ethnically Samoan actor for the role. Disney is usually good with casting the right ethnicity and being culturally diverse. I guess they got lucky with this one, they need a Pacific Islander to play the part, it just so happens that one of the biggest movie stars in the world right now is of South Pacific origin
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12:09AM on 04/03/2015
well, we'll see who stars as the titular Moana. don't know many south pacific islander actresses...
well, we'll see who stars as the titular Moana. don't know many south pacific islander actresses...
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