×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Moana’: Polynesian Princess Not Impressed by Dwayne Johnson’s Maui in First Teaser

“What’s a demigod gotta do?” Dwayne Johnson’s Maui asks when his audience isn’t impressed by his antics in the stunning first teaser for the upcoming Disney animated film “Moana.”

The titular heroine Moana — the studio’s first Polynesian princess — and her pet pig watch unamused as Maui recounts his heroic feats as his tattoos come to life — including using his “magical fishhook” to slow down the sun, pull islands out of the sea and battle monsters — and shows off his fight moves.

The film follow 16-year-old Moana (voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) as she teams up with Maui to voyage across the Pacific to find a mythical island and thereby fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. The once-mighty demigod helps her become a master wayfinder and find her identity along the way.

The CG-animated feature’s musical score includes tracks from Opetaia Foa’i and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who won the Tony Award on Sunday night for best original score and best book of a musical.

“Moana” reunites the directing duo of Ron Clements and John Musker, who worked together on “The Little Mermaid” “Aladdin” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

The film, produced by Osnat Shurer, hits theaters on Nov. 23 — Thanksgiving Day.

More Film

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Agents Accuse Writers Guild of Threatening to Throw 'Industry Into Chaos'

    UPDATE – The dealmakers appear to be getting nowhere. Negotiators for Hollywood agents and the Writers Guild of America have achieved little progress at their seventh session on Tuesday, with a chaotic scenario looming on April 7. “When Guild leadership is ready to move on from their declared threatening phase, we stand ready to work [...]

  • Zoe Lister-Jones The Craft

    'The Craft' Remake Finds Director in Zoe-Lister Jones

    “Life in Pieces” star Zoe Lister-Jones will write and direct Sony Pictures’ remake of “The Craft” for Blumhouse and Red Wagon Entertainment. Doug Wick, the producer of the original “The Craft,” will return in the same capacity along with partner Lucy Fisher through their Red Wagon banner. Jason Blum is also producing and his Blumhouse [...]

  • Carol Burnett

    Carol Burnett's Mother-Daughter Story 'Carrie and Me' in Development as a Movie

    Carol Burnett’s bestseller “Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story” is in the works as a movie at Focus Features with Burnett, Tina Fey, Eric Gurian, and Steven Rogers producing. Burnett will produce through her Mabel Cat Productions with Fey and Gurian under their production banner Little Stranger along with Rogers (“I, Tonya”). The sibling [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Writers Guild Plans for Agency Pact Expiration: 'There Will Be Difficult Moments'

    Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have sent members contingency plans for the possible expiration of its agency franchise agreement on April 7 — and admitted that it may be a rocky road. Members received the letter Tuesday from the guild’s negotiating committee as the WGA and agents were about the hold their seventh [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Entertainment One, Universal to Partner on Home Entertainment

    Entertainment One and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have signed a multi-year, multi-territory distribution agreement. UPHE will serve as the home entertainment distributor of eOne’s offerings across both physical and digital formats. The pact covers film, television, and select family content and includes all sales, marketing, and distribution, spanning the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Spain, Australia, [...]

  • Will Smith Jada Pinkett Smith

    AFI, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Launch Second Young Women in Film Intensive

    The AFI Conservatory and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation have partnered to launch the second annual Young Women in Film Intensive. The AFI Campus in Los Angeles will host 45 high school girls for an eight-week filmmaking workshop, where students will receive mentorship from current fellows and working professional alumni of the AFI [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content