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World Premiere of Disney’s ‘Moana’ Set for Nov. 14 at AFI Fest

The AFI Fest will host the world premiere of Disney’s animated “Moana” on Nov. 14 — nine days ahead of its theatrical release.

Auli‘i Cravalho is voicing the title character Moana, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder, and Dwayne Johnson is the voice of Maui — half god, half mortal. Co-directors are Ron Clements and John Musker, who were behind “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin.”

The time and location for the “Moana” premiere have not been set. “Moana” will play in the Special Screenings section of the festival, which will include the documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds”; “Lion,” starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman; and Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson.”

The special screenings will also include the previously announced world premieres of Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian,” and Jessica Chastain’s “Miss Sloane.”

The AFI Fest opens Nov. 10 with Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply,” followed by the world premiere of Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian” on the following night.

The festival has also set a Nov. 13 tribute screening of Isabelle Huppert’s “Elle,” a Nov. 15 gala for “La La Land” and a Nov. 16 gala for Annette Bening’s “20th Century Women.” The lineup also includes “La La Land” and Natalie Portman’s “Jackie.”

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