Dwayne Johnson Teases Exciting Live-Action ‘Moana’ Film

Dwayne Johnson Teases Exciting Live-Action ‘Moana’ Film

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has thrilled fans with an exciting update on the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s ‘Moana.’

The 52-year-old actor, who originally voiced the demigod Maui in the 2016 animated classic, will reprise his role in the new film. Joining him is Catherine Laga‘aia, who will take on the titular role of Moana.

Johnson shared the news on Instagram, posting, “Exciting and inspiring casting news as we begin to bring together our Live Action MOANA Family. CATHERINE LAGA’AIA AS MOANA, JohnTui1 AS CHIEF TUI, FrankieAdams AS SINA, RenaOwen AS GRAMMA TALA. And yours truly, as the demigod MAUI.”

He continued, “It’s our deepest honor to share the legends, songs, dances, and traditions of our Polynesian culture with all of you and your families around the world. Production begins this August. MOANALiveAction In theaters JULY 10, 2026! Directed by Thomas Kail. Music by Lin Manuel Miranda.”

Disney recently revealed that 17-year-old actress Catherine Laga‘aia, who has Samoan heritage, “will be voyaging to Motunui and beyond as the adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.” Laga‘aia expressed her excitement, saying, “I’m really excited to embrace this character. 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.”

Joining the cast is New Zealander John Tui, who will portray Moana’s “no-nonsense” father, Chief Tui, while Samoan-New Zealand actress Frankie Adams takes on the role of Moana’s “playful and strong-willed” mother, Sina. Rena Owen, from Bay of Islands, NZ, will play the “revered” Gramma Tala.

A press release detailed, “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.”

Director Thomas Kail expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “I am thrilled to have met Catherine, Rena, Frankie, and John through this casting process. I am humbled by this opportunity, and I cannot wait to all be on set together. And there’s no better pair to be in a canoe with than Catherine and Dwayne – actually, trio: Heihei is ready, too.”

The live-action ‘Moana’ film promises to be a vibrant celebration of Polynesian culture, with its release set for July 10, 2026. Fans eagerly anticipate seeing this beloved story brought to life on the big screen once more.