Disney’s upcoming animated feature Moana will feature The Rock as the demi-god Maui, the actor announced on Wednesday.
Update (April 1, 2015): Months after the news surfaced, Dwayne Johnson has now signed on to voice one of the lead roles in Disney’s upcoming animated film. He’ll also be singing! His involvement was announced on Instagram:
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 #WhenWeUnderstandWhereWereFrom #NeverForgetHome #MOANA
The lead character, a female role, has yet to be cast.
Original story (December 3, 2014): Moana is a computer-animated adventure set about 2,000 years ago. It’ll see 14-year-old Moana on an epic journey through the Pacific, as she teams with the mythic Polynesian demi-god Maui to search for a fabled island.
It is scheduled to be released on Nov. 23, 2016, and Disney is only just now beginning to assemble the voice actors for the project.
The Wrap announced yesterday that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is in talks to voice the character of Maui.
Johnson has previously lent his voice to Planet 51, Family Guy and Transformers Prime.
The film will feature a new style of CG, which has the appearance of painted canvas. Very The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, if the concept art is anything to go by.
Moana will be directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, the team behind Disney classics Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and most recently The Princess and the Frog.
In the Wrap article, co-director John Musker describes the main character Moana as, “Indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself. She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”
The voice actress for Moana has not yet been found, but this open casting call suggests that the directors are not just looking at big-name actresses for the part.