Dwayne Johnson is officially set to lend his voice to the male lead of Disney’s new animated musical MOANA. Johnson will voice Maui, the legendary demi-god who accompanies a young girl on a sea-bound adventure. The CG-animated comedy-adventure hails from Ron Clements and John Musker, the team behind The Little Mermaid.
The film, set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, centers on Moana, a born navigator, as she searches for a fabled island in order to rescue her lost family. Her quest leads her to join forces with her hero, Maui, as they encounter vast underworlds and unbelievable sea creatures in this story derived from ancient folklore.
Clements and Musker will direct from a script by Taika Waititi. The title role has not yet been cast.
Johnson’s possible involvement in the project was first reported in December, but this marks his official attachment. Johnson revealed the announcement when he took to Instagram, saying:
“At DISNEY STUDIOS signing contracts to play the male lead in their next big classic animated musical, #MOANA. Just had an amazing 2hr presentation and it’s easy to see why they’re the greatest story tellers in the world. Im excited. And in the background my homies Fred & Wasabi from #BigHERO6 are jumpin’ for joy joy cause they heard I’m gonna sing in the movie. #WeTrulyKnowWhereWereGoing”
The film will be Johnson’s first voice-over role since 2009’s “Planet 51.” The action star is next set play Black Adam in Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC comic Shazam! Before that, he’ll star in Brad Peyton’s earthquake disaster pic San Andreas and Universal’s mega-blockbuster Furious 7, which bows this weekend.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor