Dwayne Johnson confirms his next film is the Moana live-action remake… with a song

Acclaimed actor Dwayne Johnson announces his next film with a musical twist as he announces his upcoming film Moana Live-action remake after the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike.

I’ll keep talking The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonJohnson confirmed that the next film he will direct will be Moana and celebrated the occasion by singing an impromptu song to Fallon and the audience. While expressing how “excited” he is for work Moana When Johnson confirmed that Lin-Manuel Miranda had returned as composer, he took a microphone and reprized his role as Maui, singing “You’re Welcome” from the original animated film’s soundtrack. Fallon joined him at the end as the crowd enjoyed the performance.

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Johnson is the only cast member confirmed to reprise his role for the film Moana Remake, which he will also produce together with Dany and Hiran Garcia through his label Seven Bucks Productions. The remake was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger and Johnson during a shareholder meeting last April, with Johnson appearing in a video in Hawaii alongside his young daughters. The upcoming live-action take will be directed by Hamilton Director Thomas Kail.

Fans have mixed opinions about the remake of “Moana.”

While Johnson is excited about taking it Moana In the live-action world, the announcement wasn’t met with the same enthusiasm from Disney fans, who expressed their anger over the upcoming remake. Their bad feelings were further compounded when it was confirmed that Auli’i Carvalho, who played the eponymous character in the animated version, will not be reprising the lead role in the live-action flick, and it has not yet been announced who will fill that void becomes.

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“Moana,” which hit theaters in 2016, became a huge hit for Johnson and Disney. The musical fantasy action-adventure film earned great reviews and grossed $682.6 million on a budget of $175 million. The film also starred Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jermaine Clement and Alan Tudyk, as well as former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and NFL Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu. There are few details about the live-action film, but it is expected to follow largely the same storylines as its animated counterpart.

development on the Moana Production on the live-action film was reported to have begun last April, although casting was halted due to the recently concluded WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Along with Moana Remake, a planned spin-off series based on the film, is reportedly coming to Disney+ in 2024.

The Moana Remake hits theaters on June 27, 2025.

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Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@nytimas.com.

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