The actor returns to play Maui in the live-action version of Moana, which will hit theaters nine years after the beloved Disney animated film was released.
Dwayne Johnson I am pleased to announce to my fans the release date of the game remake Oceania (Moana in the original version). The film will hit theaters June 27, 2025nine years after the original Walt Disney film was released.
The animated film, Disney’s 56th classic, hit theaters in the United States on November 23, 2016, and in Italy on December 22. When he leaves Oceania received many positive reviews and also received two nominations for the 2017 Oscars: one for Best Animated Feature and one for Best Song. The plot is largely inspired by Polynesian myths (especially the legends of the demigod Maui).
“Sometimes our strengths are hidden beneath the surface. In some cases much lower”Johnson wrote on Instagram, referencing his character in the film. “It is my honor to share our legends, songs and dances of our Polynesian culture with all of you and your families. Love and Mana”. In Johnson’s post, he included a photo of a Hawaiian island with a song from the film playing in the background. Tulu Tagaloaperformed by Olivia Foai.
Dwayne Johnson announced a live-action remake of the film Oceania in April during Disney’s 2023 shareholder meeting. “This story is my culture, and this story symbolizes the grace, mana and military strength of our people.”– Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I proudly wear our culture on my skin and in my soul, and this unique opportunity to reconnect with Maui, inspired by the spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is very important to me.”.
He promised the return of Jason Moana and other signature aspects of the 2016 film, including “Gramma Tala, music, dance, Te Fiti, Pua pig, village” AND “beautiful and powerful ocean”. Also returning are Johnson’s pet chicken Heihei and his demigod Maui. Johnson will play a live version of Maui, Auli’i Cravalho has confirmed that she will not be reprising the role of Moana..