Dwayne Johnson Announces Start Date for Live-Action Moana Movie

In a recent update shared by actor Dwayne Johnson, fresh details regarding the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of ‘Moana’ were revealed. Johnson posted a behind-the-scenes look of him preparing to reprise his role as Maui, this time in a live-action format. He confirmed via his social media account that production is set to start later this year, notably in the fall.

Originally expected to hit theaters in June 2025, Disney has pushed back the release date to July 10, 2026. Johnson will be working under the direction of Thomas Kail, who has a Tony award under his belt. Johnson, alongside Dany and Hiram Garcia, is producing the film via their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn for Flynn Picture Co. is also named as another producer. Auli‘i Cravalho and Scott Sheldon of Flynn Picture Co. are at the helm of executive production.

Jared Bush, originally responsible for the screenplay of the animated ‘Moana’, will contribute to the project. Other team members include Samoan industry professional Dana Ledoux Miller.

Anticipation Builds for ‘Moana 2’ Release

Disney fans have more than the live-action adaptation of ‘Moana’ to look forward to. The company has announced that ‘Moana 2’, sequel to the highly successful 2016 animated film, will be released on November 27, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Auliʻi Cravalho and Johnson will return to voice their iconic roles as Moana and Maui for the sequel. The anticipated film is under the direction and script-writing of David G. Derrick Jr.

The original ‘Moana’, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, was a major commercial and critical success. It grossed over $600 million and earned positive reviews for its engaging story and stunning animation, even landing two Oscar nominations, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

Wrapping Up

All these exciting updates and developments make for an exciting time for ‘Moana’ fans and Disney aficionados. They represent the inescapable allure Disney holds, combining innovative storytelling methods with highly advanced animation techniques and now, live-action adaptations.

One thing is clear, Disney continues to weave its magic and take viewers on incredible journeys. For more movies and entertainment-related content, visit HitPlay.

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