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Official Release Date Announced for Disney’s Live-Action ‘Moana’

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Disney is expanding its cinematic portfolio with the addition of a live-action adaptation of Moana, among various other changes and augmentations to their theatrical lineup. This decision is influenced by several factors, including production halts due to the Writers Guild of America’s strike and the emphasis on post-production and visual effects for imminent features.

The previously vacant slot of July 2, 2025, previously set aside for an undefined movie, will now be occupied by the live-action adaptation of Moana, which has been rescheduled to June 27, 2025. Earlier in 2023, during Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders Webcast, Dwayne Johnson confirmed his involvement in the project and that he would be reprising his role. The actor indicated that the project is still in its early stages with a significant amount of work remaining before audiences can embark on another oceanic journey.

Insights on What to Anticipate From the Live-Action Moana

Moana, the original animated feature, tells the story of its namesake character: a fearless teenager and chief’s daughter who embarks on an epic quest to save her people after being chosen by the sea itself. Along the way, she encounters the once-powerful demigod Maui who aids her in becoming a master navigator, simultaneously helping her find her own place in the world.

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Insights into the Live-Action Remake of ‘Moana’: What We Know So Far

The original film boasted an impressive cast that included Johnson, Auliʻi Cravalho, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jermaine Clement, Nicolle Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk. The combination of catchy songs and strong performances resulted in immediate acclaim from fans. While detailed information about the upcoming film is limited, Johnson’s announcement made it evident that the movie will aim to replicate the elements that made the original animation so beloved. Although Cravalho won’t be reprising her role, she will return to the project as a producer. Following the success of the live-action The Little Mermaid, it will be intriguing to see how Disney interprets this movie for the big screen.

As of now, no additional information about the project has been disclosed. Moana is set to hit theatres on June 27, 2025. The trailer for the original animated movie is available for viewing below:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about live-action Moana

When will the live-action Moana be released?

The live-action adaptation of Moana is scheduled for release on June 27, 2025.

Who has been confirmed to be part of the live-action Moana cast?

Dwayne Johnson has confirmed his involvement in the project and will be reprising his role. Auliʻi Cravalho will return not as an actress, but as a producer for the film.

What changes have been made to Disney’s upcoming theatrical roster?

Disney has added the live-action adaptation of Moana to its lineup and has rescheduled it to June 27, 2025, a slot previously reserved for an undefined movie.

What can audiences expect from the live-action adaptation of Moana?

While detailed information is limited, Dwayne Johnson’s announcement made it clear that the live-action adaptation of Moana will aim to preserve the elements that made the original animated feature so beloved.

What was the role of Auliʻi Cravalho in the original and the live-action Moana?

Auliʻi Cravalho voiced the title role of Moana in the original animated feature. For the live-action adaptation, she will return not as an actress, but as a producer.

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