Disney’s newest princess film is heading far out West.
The new movie, which will head to theaters next November, stars a young princess named Moana Waialiki who must sail across the Pacific Ocean to “complete her ancestors’ quest.” As the story goes, as reported by Tech Insider, 3,000 years ago, the best, most skilled sailors in the world traveled across the South Pacific. All of a sudden, their trips came to halt, and no one knows why. Moana, determined to find out why, sets sail on dangerous water. She is eventually joined on her journey by a demi-god named Maui (who will be played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is himself half Samoan).
The film will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (both of whom directed classic like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “The Princess and the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer.
The film was formally announced at the D3 Expo in Anaheim, and the event was accompanied by a dance performance by music group Te Vaka and the singer/songwriter Opetaia Foa’i.
Here’s what Moana and Maui will look like:
Watch the full announcement here.
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