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When is ‘Moana’ Live-Action Coming Out?

Disney’s live-action projects are still ongoing. Recently, it has been confirmed that ‘Moana‘ will also be getting a remake, following the footsteps of other Disney princess films, such as ‘Beauty and The Beast’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘The Little Mermaid’.

It’s been a short time since the announcement, so we only have a little information regarding the movie. However, there are speculations about the release date, casts, and other production details.

Here’s what we know about ‘Moana’ live-action redo and what we can expect in the movie.


‘Moana’ Live-Action Remake Confirmed

News about ‘Moana’ live-action remake started circulating at the beginning of April through a recorded message from Dwayne Johnson, who voiced the demigod Maui in the animated film released in 2016.

It has been confirmed that Johnson, along with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, will be the producers for this film through their company, Seven Bucks Productions. Auli‘i Cravalho, the actress who voiced Moana in the original movie, will join the production as an executive producer.

In the announcement video, Johnson also revealed that his late grandfather inspired the character Maui, so it appears that ‘Moana’s live-action version will be a personal touchpoint for him.


‘Moana’ Live-Action Release Date Speculation

An official release date for the new version of ‘Moana’ is yet to be confirmed. Johnson had hinted that the production is still very early in the process, and there is still much to be done.

That said, according to a new report, filming on the project will begin later this year in Hawaii & Georgia.  The news comes from Twitter user Reel News Hawaii. So it does appear that Disney will be moving quickly on the ‘Moana’ live-action.

Fans predict the movie will land in theaters or Disney+ around the end of 2024 or early 2025. This speculation is based on the fact that Disney usually takes one and a half to two years to release a movie after its first announcement.

For example, the ‘Lady and the Tramp’ reboot was first reported in 2018 and arrived on streaming in late 2019.

However, it’s possible that ‘Moana’ can arrive faster because its original cast already attaches early.

But we also need to remember that sometimes it takes more than two years for Disney to wrap up a live-action project, like ‘Beauty and The Beast’, which came out three years after the first announcement, and ‘Cruella’, which only arrived in 2021, even though the project began in 2013.

UPDATE 6/13/23 – Disney has announced that the live-action reimagining of Disney Animation’s 2016 hit feature film “Moana” will release in theaters on June 27, 2025.


What Do We Know About ‘Moana’ Live-Action?

Among other live-action projects, ‘Moana’ is the most recent animated film to have a remake. The film premiered in 2016, and the remake plan was disclosed only seven years later.

This is considered a speedy turnaround, as Disney usually waits longer to make live-action adaptations. And with Johnson joining the production from the start, the live-action movie will most likely come out fast, less than a decade after the original animated film.

Though unusual, this is not entirely absurd. In 2016, ‘Moana’ brought in more than $600 million at the box office and remained popular until now. It has won a lot of awards and made a significant impact on how people think about Disney princesses.

With all the achievements and popularity, Disney’s plan to convert the film into a live-action is understandable.

There is a new report that filming on the project will begin later this year in Hawaii & Georgia. This news comes from Reel News Hawaii on Twitter.

Their tweet mentioned that filming would tentatively start sometime in October. Keep in mind that Disney still needs to confirm this officially.

Besides Johnson, who will return as Maui, Disney hasn’t confirmed other cast members. Some of the voice actors may have aged out of their roles, so they will need to find other actors to match the look to play Moana, Grandma Tala, and more.

We’ll be sure to update this once Disney has confirmed some official news regarding the actors.

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