Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson shares 'exciting' first look at Disney's Moana live-action remake

Dwayne Johnson
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Dwayne Johnson has shared some "exciting and inspiring" news about the live-action remake of Moana. The Hollywood star, who lent his voice to the character Maui in the original Disney animated hit confirmed he would reprise his role in the upcoming movie.

The 52-year-old, also known by his WWE ring name The Rock, gave his Instagram followers a first-look at the cast and revealed production would start in August. His enthusiastic post read: "Exciting and inspiring casting news as we begin to bring together our live action Moana family."

He revealed Catherine Laga'aia, 17, would take on the lead role, while John Tui would play Moana's father, Chief Tui. Johnson said Frankie Adams would star as mum, Sina and Rena Owen has been cast as Gramma Tala, adding: "And yours truly, as the demigod Maui".

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Johnson continued: "It's our deepest honour 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."

The star, who starred in Disney's Jungle Cruise, also dropped the release date, the Mirror reports. He said the movie would be in theatres from July 10, 2026.