- Dwayne Johnson in negotiations to reprise his role as Maui in ‘Moana 2’
- Auli’i Cravalho’s return as Moana is still uncertain
- Disney+ series inspired the decision to turn it into a theatrical sequel
- Sequel directed by Dave Derrick Jr. with music by Grammy winners
- No release date yet for live-action version of ‘Moana’
Disney fans were thrilled when CEO Bob Iger announced the development of ‘Moana 2’ during a recent press conference. However, there was one big question left unanswered – would Dwayne Johnson be returning to reprise his beloved role as Maui?
Dwayne Johnson’s Involvement
In an exclusive report, Deadline has learned that Dwayne Johnson is currently in talks to return as Maui in ‘Moana 2’. While nothing is set in stone yet, sources are optimistic about the negotiations. Fans of the charismatic action star can rejoice, as it seems likely that Johnson will be back to entertain audiences with his portrayal of the demigod.
Auli’i Cravalho’s Uncertain Future
While Dwayne Johnson’s potential return is making waves, the same cannot be said for Auli’i Cravalho, the voice behind the titular character Moana. Sources indicate that Cravalho is also in talks to reprise her role, but the negotiations are not as advanced as Johnson’s. In fact, the actress herself previously stated on social media that she will not be involved in the live-action version of ‘Moana’, expressing her excitement to pass the baton to another young woman of Pacific Island descent.
Cravalho’s decision not to return raises questions about who will take on the role of Moana in the sequel. Disney has not yet made any official announcements, leaving fans eagerly awaiting further updates.
The Birth of a Theatrical Sequel
During the announcement, Bob Iger revealed that the decision to create a sequel was inspired by the Disney+ series based on ‘Moana’. The studio was so blown away by the series that they decided to turn it into a theatrical release, set to hit theaters on November 27, a prime slot for Disney’s highly anticipated Thanksgiving releases.
The sequel will be directed by Dave Derrick Jr. and feature music by Grammy winners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Grammy nominee Opetaia Foa’i, and three-time Grammy winner Mark Mancina. However, one notable absence is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was behind the Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” from the original movie.
What About the Live-Action Version?
As fans eagerly anticipate ‘Moana 2’, many are wondering about the status of the live-action version of the film, which Dwayne Johnson is not only starring in but also producing under his Seven Bucks label. Unfortunately, there is no concrete information about the release date or production status of the live-action adaptation. It seems that Disney is still working on the project and will need to find another film to fill the previously scheduled June 27, 2025 release date.
Disney and Seven Bucks sources have not yet commented on the matter, leaving fans to speculate about the future of the live-action ‘Moana’.
While the announcement of ‘Moana 2’ has generated excitement among Disney fans, there are still many unanswered questions. Will Dwayne Johnson return as Maui? Who will portray Moana in the sequel? What will happen to the live-action adaptation? As fans eagerly await more information, one thing is for certain – ‘Moana 2’ is shaping up to be another magical adventure that fans won’t want to miss.