Moana 2

Dwayne Johnson Electrifies CinemaCon with ‘Moana 2’ First Look

Dwayne Johnson made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon 2024 in Las Vegas on April 11, delighting the crowd with an exclusive first look at the highly anticipated animated sequel Moana 2.

The actor, who voices the demigod Maui, was joined on stage by a troupe of Polynesian dancers before sharing his deep connection to the character and the franchise.

Playing Maui has been one of the most life-changing experiences for me, Johnson shared, noting that the character was inspired by his own grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia.

It’s so much deeper than a movie for me.

New Music and Breathtaking Visuals Teased

The Moana 2 sneak peek showcased the film’s opening musical number, featuring Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) returning to her vibrant island home of Motunui after a seafaring journey.

As she sings a new song expressing her joy in returning to her true identity, the villagers join in the celebratory chorus.

Johnson teased that the sequel will feature all new songs and playfully added, You’re welcome! with a grin, referencing his character’s iconic song from the original film.

The footage also hinted at a new adventure calling to Moana, as the ocean beckons her to embark on another journey.

Star-Studded Cast and Creative Team

Moana 2 sees the return of Cravalho and Johnson in their respective roles, with Cravalho also serving as an executive producer on the project.

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The sequel is directed by Dave Derrick Jr., known for his work on Raya and the Last Dragon and Megamind, with music by Abigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

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Moana’s Cultural Impact and Upcoming Live-Action Adaptation

The original Moana, released in 2016, garnered critical acclaim and box office success, grossing over $690 million worldwide.

The film’s impact extended beyond the screen, with its characters and music resonating with audiences and gaining lasting popularity.

Disney is also developing a live-action adaptation of Moana, set for release in 2025, with Johnson confirmed to reprise his role as Maui.

Although Cravalho will not voice Moana in the live-action remake, her involvement as an executive producer ensures a consistent vision for the franchise.

Moana 2 is slated to hit theaters on November 27, 2024,while the live-action Moana is scheduled for a June 27, 2025 release.

With Johnson’s star power, the franchise’s cultural significance, and the promise of new music and adventures, anticipation for both projects is running high among fans and industry insiders alike.

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