Disney Casts Live-Action Moana as Filming Begins this Summer

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Disney Casts Live-Action Moana as Filming Begins this Summer

Set sail with Catherine Lagaaia as Moana! The adventurous teenager embarks on a daring voyage across the seas in Disney’s live-action remake of Moana. Her mission: to save her people.

Related – Moana Directors Not Involved With Disney’s Live-Action Remake

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“I’m really excited to embrace this character because Moana is one of my favorites,” said the 17-year-old Sydney, Australia, native. “My grandfather comes from Fa‘aala, Palauli, in Savai‘i. And my grandmother is from Leulumoega Tuai on the main island of ‘Upolu in Samoa. I’m honored to have an opportunity to celebrate Samoa and all Pacific Island peoples, and to represent young girls who look like me.”

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Moana’s journey is brought to life by a talented cast of Pacific Islanders! Catherine Lagaaia leads the way as Moana, alongside John Tui (Chief Tui), Frankie Adams (Sina), and Rena Owen (Gramma Tala). They’re joined by the returning Dwayne Johnson, reprising his role as the demigod Maui.


“Moana” will bring to life in a whole new way the story of a young woman eager to pave her own path. Celebrating the islands, communities and traditions of Pacific Islanders in a spectacular adventure, the production begins filming this summer. The new feature film is produced by Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions and Beau Flynn via FlynnPictureCo. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the original songs, will also serve as producer.

Executive producers include Scott Sheldon of FlynnPictureCo., Auli‘i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the 2016 film, and Charles Newirth. Jared Bush and Dana Ledoux Miller have been tapped for the project. Bush, a veteran of Disney Animation, wrote the screenplay for 2016’s “Moana,” and Miller is a Samoan writer who created Netflix’s “Thai Cave Rescue” and co-founded the non-profit Pasifika Entertainment Advancement Komiti (PEAK).


Are you looking forward to seeing the live-action Moana when it is released?

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