Disney Announces Release of “Moana 2” Coming This November
Disney fans of the hit animated film Moana will be delighted to hear that a sequel is officially in the works and scheduled to be released this November. Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger made the exciting announcement on Wednesday, and fans have been buzzing with anticipation ever since.
“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise,” Iger said in a press release, “and we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theaters this November.”
The release of this announcement came alongside a first-look image of Moana and Maui on a boat, tracking a giant, glowing whale. Additionally, a teaser was released that shows the titular heroine standing on the shore and blowing a shell.
The teaser, released by Disney, features only the voice of Maui’s infamous fa’aumu call, leading many to believe that Dwayne Johnson will be reprising his role in the sequel. However, Disney has not yet announced any voice actors, leaving fans speculating if Auli’i Cravalho will also return in the title role.
The press release also provided a glimpse into the sequel’s storyline, describing Moana 2 as taking audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers. After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s ever faced.
The film will be directed by Dave Derrick Jr., with music by GRAMMY winners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear. Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, both involved in the original film, are set to return for the sequel.
The announcement of the Moana sequel has only added to the hype surrounding the franchise, especially after last April’s revelation that a live-action Moana is also in the works. Dwayne Johnson, who voices Maui in the animated film, expressed his excitement for the live-action adaptation, stating that the story is emblematic of his culture and people’s grace and warrior strength. However, Auli’i Cravalho later confirmed that she would not reprise her role for the live-action remake.
“Moana 2” is set to sail into theaters on Nov. 27, marking an eagerly anticipated return to the beloved world of Moana, Maui, and the vibrant setting of Oceania.
This announcement comes as a welcome surprise to fans who have been eagerly awaiting news of a sequel since the release of the original film. With the promise of a new adventure and the return of beloved characters, “Moana 2” is sure to be a must-see for fans of the original film.
The anticipation for the sequel has only been heightened by the success and popularity of the first film. Moana was a critical and commercial success, earning nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. The film’s soundtrack, featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, was also a hit, further solidifying the film’s lasting impact on audiences.
As the release date for “Moana 2” approaches, fans can expect to see more promotional material, trailers, and exciting announcements leading up to the highly anticipated release. Disney’s decision to schedule the release of “Moana 2” for this November has only added to the excitement, and fans are eagerly anticipating the chance to embark on a new adventure with Moana and Maui.
The announcement of “Moana 2” has undoubtedly sparked a renewed interest in the franchise and has sparked discussions and speculation about what the sequel will bring. With the promise of a new journey, new characters, and the return of fan-favorite voices, “Moana 2” is shaping up to be a worthy successor to the beloved original film.