Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7,” HBO’s “Ballers”), lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” and he hit the stage at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, California, on Friday (August 14, 2015).
“Moana” introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage.
Renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), and producer Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin’”) shared some amazing early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it. Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s hottest new hit “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed”, “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder. Foa’i capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music.
Get ready for “Moana” to hit theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.