The live-action “Moana” movie casts Catherine Lagaia in the lead role

Disney has cast Katherine Lagaia in the lead role for its live-action film Moana The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 10, 2026. moana 2, The animated sequel will open in theaters on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving this year.

“I’m really excited to embrace this character because Moana is one of my favorite characters,” the 17-year-old Australian said. “My grandfather comes from Fala, Paluli, on Savaii. And my grandmother is from Leulumuega Tuai on Samoa’s main island of Upolu. I’m honored to have the opportunity to celebrate Samoa and all Pacific Island people, and represent young girls who look like me.”

Disney also announced that New Zealander John Toei will play Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Toei; Samoan-New Zealand actress Frankie Adams will play Moana’s cheerful and strong-willed mother, Sina. Rena Owen, who hails from the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, has been chosen to play the venerable Gramma Tala.

He joins a cast that includes the previously announced Dwayne Johnson, who will reprise his role as the demigod Maui from the original 2016 film, which grossed $687.2 million at the global box office and won the Academy Award for Animated Feature Film.

Live version of Moana Directed by Thomas Kail, who directed Hamilton On Broadway and Disney+, Grease Liveand the first and final episodes of the Hulu limited series We were the lucky ones.

Kyle said: “I’m thrilled to have met Katherine, Rayna, Frankie and John through this casting process. I’m humbled by this opportunity, and can’t wait for everyone to be on set together. And there’s no better pair to be in the boat with than Katherine and Dwayne – in fact, a trio : Hehe ready too.

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Moana Will be shooting this summer.

The new feature film is produced by Johnson, Danny Garcia, Hiram Garcia via Seven Bucks Productions and Beau Flynn via FlynnPictureCo. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the original songs, will also serve as producer. EPs include FlynnPictureCo.’s Scott Sheldon, Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the 2016 film, and Charles Neuwirth.

Jared Bush and Dana LeDoux Miller have also been tapped for the new project. Bush, a veteran of Disney Animation, wrote the 2016 script MoanaMiller is a Samoan writer who created Netflix Thai cave rescue He co-founded the non-profit organization Pasifika Entertainment Advancement Komiti.

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