D23 Expo 2015: Dwayne Johnson to Voice Demi-God Maui in Animated Movie ‘Moana’

– by Gig Patta

To voice a demi-god, one needs someone who is larger than life.

Dwayne Johnson is perfect for that role.

It was revealed today at D23 Expo 2015 that actor Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7”) will voice the mighty demi-god Maui in the next Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Moana.”

Co-directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) with producer Osnat Shurer (“One Man Band,” “Boundin”) shared early test footage and plans for the inspired music for the animated movie.

“Moana” is about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancesters’ unfinished quest. She meets the once mighty demi-god Maui and together—they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage.

Also on the D23 Expo presentation, the animated team was joined by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), Grammy-winner composer Mark Mancina (“Tarzan,” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’I, lead singer of Te Vaka.

Foa’I concluded the presentation with a performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music.

“Moana” is set for release in the United States on November 23 next year.

Source: Latino-Review, Walt Disney Animation

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