Earlier this week, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a sequel to the 2016 animated film Moana, was is in the works and already slated to hit theaters this winter. The film is actually a repurposed Disney+ series that will be re-edited into a full-length film for theatrical release. Now, a report has gone out that original actors Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho have both entered talks to return to voice Maui and Moana respectfully. Johnson is much closer to striking a deal than Cravalho. The report also reveals that the planned live-action Moana film, also starring Dwayne Johnson, has been removed from Disney’s 2025 release slate. This means that the film has been put on hold indefinitely. Casting for Moana began early last year but was put on hold due to the SAG-AFTRA strikes. Lin Manuel-Miranda will not be returning to compose the music for the animated sequel.
Moana 2 hits theaters on November 27th