Dwayne Johnson has revealed that Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of 2016’s “Moana” will be his immediate next movie.

First announced back in April, Johnson revealed Disney was working on the live-action remake which easily marks the most recently released film to undergo Disney’s live-action treatment.

Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”) signed on to direct the film in May, whilst the voice of Moana in the animated film – Auliʻi Cravalho – won’t star in the live-action version but will serve as an executive producer.

Speaking with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Johnson says: “My next project that I’ll be shooting is a live-action version of Moana. I am the real-life Maui.” He goes on to say:

“Thank you guys very much, I’m so excited about this. It’s a way, again, to not only pay homage to my Polynesian heritage and culture, but it’s also just such a – as you guys know – incredible story that resonates with everyone around the world, especially young girls and empowering young girls.

There’s what’s in front of you and then there’s the stuff that you can’t see that’s way out there. Have faith and confidence in what you are and go out there, even if you can’t see it. Moana happens to meet the demigod Maui, who helps her see that and she helps him.”

The live-action take will celebrate the islands, communities and traditions of Pacific Islanders as seen through the eyes of a young woman eager to pave her own path. Jared Bush, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, penned the remake, along with Dana Ledoux Miller.

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