Dwayne Johnson, The Rock to all of us, appeared on the D23 Arena Stage during the Disney and Pixar Animation presentation at the D23 Expo being held at the Anaheim Convention. Johnson reveled he will be playing the character of Maui in the film being released in November of 2016.
In Moana DwayneÂ Johnson (â€œSan Andreas,â€ â€œFurious 7,â€ HBOâ€™s â€œBallersâ€), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ â€œMoana,â€ hit the stage at D23 EXPO 2015 this afternoon.
Renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdinâ€), and producer Osnat Shurer (OscarÂ®-nominated Pixar shorts â€œOne Man Band,â€Â â€œBoundinâ€™”) shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the filmâ€™s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it. TonyÂ®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadwayâ€™s hottest new hitÂ â€œHamilton,â€ Tony-winningÂ â€œIn the Heightsâ€), GrammyÂ®-winning composer Mark Mancina (â€œSpeedâ€, â€œTarzanâ€ â€œThe Lion Kingâ€) and Opetaia Foaâ€™i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder. Foaâ€™i capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movieâ€™s music. â€œMoanaâ€ sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.