- Maui voice actor Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks for
, but not confirmed to star.
- Auli’i Cravalho is also negotiating to return, but her talks aren’t as far along.
- Both actors posted the
teaser, possibly hinting at their involvement.
A new report says Dwayne Johnson is merely in talks for Moana 2, rather than being confirmed to star. In a surprise announcement earlier this week, Disney revealed it will release an animated sequel to the 2016 hit Moana in theaters this year. However, few details about the creative team were given, save for the news that it will be directed by Dave Derrick Jr. and will feature music from Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina. It is also separate from the live-action Moana remake, which is still currently in development.
Now, according to Deadline, Johnson is in talks to reprise his role as the demigod Maui in Moana 2. The outlet says the talks are going well, and that Johnson’s co-star Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced the titular heroine, is also in negotiations to return, though hers aren’t as far along. Screen Rant has reached out to Disney for comment.
Neither post featured any comment besides the title of the movie and its release date, which is November 27.
Moana 2 Needs To Bring Back Cravalho & Johnson
It Wouldn’t Make Sense To Leave Them Out
The news that the two original Moana stars aren’t already on board for the sequel raises some eyebrows. The initial announcement of the sequel prompted assumptions that both would be involved, particularly since the Moana 2 teaser trailer features Johnson’s voice, albeit in the form of Maui’s triumphant shout. Beyond that, Johnson is involved with the Moana live-action remake, both as a producer and as the star. He will return as Maui for that movie; Cravalho, though, has firmly stated she won’t play Moana.
However, it wouldn’t make sense to not include her in Moana 2. Cravalho’s vocal performance in the first movie received plenty of praise, she performed at the Oscars when the song “How Far I’ll Go” was nominated, and her star has only been on the rise since then. If Johnson is all but guaranteed to voice Maui again, based on the state of his negotiations and his role in the live-action Moana, then Cravalho should also be included in the sequel. Otherwise, the sequel will be a little less exciting, and the dynamic between Maui and Moana will be thrown off-balance.
Assuming Johnson and Cravalho truly are not already signed on, Disney will likely be wrapping up these discussions shortly. Moana 2 has been given a November release date, so production really needs to be finished within the coming months if it doesn’t wish to get delayed. That, perhaps, is the strangest part of Moana 2 reportedly not having its leads in place; the movie is only mere months away. Disney will hopefully reveal more about the movie in the coming weeks, putting speculation to bed.
is available to stream on Disney+.
Moana 2 is the sequel to the 2016 animated adventure film about a young woman named Moana who journeys into the sea to end her island’s curse. The film will see the return of Dwayne Johnson as the eccentric and musical demigod, with Auli’i Cravalho expected to reprise her role.
- Release Date
- November 27, 2024
- Dave Derrick Jr.
- Walt Disney Pictures , Walt Disney Animation Studios
- Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures