Dwayne Johnson's Live-Action Moana Movie Gets Exciting Release Announcement

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Moana, Disney's next live-action remake is officially on the calendar.

During the Walt Disney Company's 2023 Shareholders Meeting, Dwayne Johnson, who voiced Maui in the animated 2016 film, announced that "a live-action reimagining of Moana is in the works." 

Other than that, however, not many other details were unveiled.

Live-Action Moana Receives Release Date

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Disney's live-action Moana starring Dwayne Johnson is officially slated to release on June 27, 2025.

While Johnson is expected to reprise his role as Maui, Auli'i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the animated film, recently confirmed she would not be playing the live-action version of her character.

Both Cravalho and Johnson are listed as executive producers for the 2025 film.  

Disney has released more than 20 live-action remakes of its animated films in recent years, with the latest being The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey

What To Expect From Live-Action Moana Disney Movie

As for what fans can expect from Disney's new version of Moana, Dwayne Johnson shared a few details in his initial announcement, including the presence of "Gramma Tala," "Te Fiti," and "the music."

This makes sense given that Moana's soundtrack was the 10th-best-selling album of 2016 (via Billboard), featuring songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also worked on the music for Disney's remake of The Little Mermaid.

The fact that live-action Moana already has a release date suggests Disney's confidence in the project and its interest in continuing to invest in this particular IP. 

Now that it's on the calendar, fans should hear more about what Disney has in store in the months to come, including Dwayne Johnson's actual role.

Moana arrives in theaters on June 27, 2025.

- About The Author: Savannah Sanders
Savannah Sanders joined The Direct as a writer in 2020. In addition to writing for The Direct's Star Wars, Marvel, and DC teams, Savannah specializes in the relationship between Disney's blockbuster franchises and the Disney Parks.