Disney Casts Catherine Laga’aia as New Live-Action Moana

Disney Casts Catherine Laga’aia as New Live-Action Moana

Disney Studios has officially confirmed that Catherine Laga’aia will portray the beloved character Moana in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic.

The announcement was made through an Instagram post featuring a radiant Laga’aia and a caption introducing the new cast.

The caption read, “Introducing Catherine Laga’aia as the live-action Moana, joining Dwayne Johnson as Maui, John Tui as Chief Tui, Frankie Adams as Sina, and Rena Owen as Gramma Tala. The new reimagining starts production this Summer.” The photo showed Laga’aia beaming with excitement as she posed with her natural frizz, embodying the spirit of Moana.

Laga’aia expressed her enthusiasm in a press release, saying, “I’m really excited to embrace this character because Moana is one of my favorites. 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.” She added, “I’m honored to have an opportunity to celebrate Samoa and all Pacific Island peoples, and to represent young girls who look like me.”

Disney’s decision to cast Laga’aia has been met with widespread approval, with fans eagerly sharing their excitement on social media. One fan commented, “Beautiful!! Can’t wait for this movie,” while another added, “Adorable!!!”

The live-action Moana will see Dwayne Johnson reprising his role as Maui, alongside John Tui as Chief Tui, Frankie Adams as Sina, and Rena Owen as Gramma Tala. The production is set to start this summer, marking another addition to Disney’s growing list of live-action remakes.

This casting choice highlights Disney’s ongoing commitment to diversity and authentic representation in its films. Laga’aia’s Samoan heritage brings an added layer of authenticity to the character of Moana, resonating with audiences who value cultural representation in mainstream media.

As production gears up, fans are eagerly anticipating how this new adaptation will bring the beloved story of Moana to life. With a talented cast and a commitment to honoring the original film’s cultural roots, the live-action Moana promises to be a celebration of Pacific Islander heritage and a source of inspiration for young audiences everywhere.