Disney’s “Moana” ROCKS The D23 Expo!
â€œMOANAâ€ ROCKS D23 EXPO 2015 â€“ Dwayne Johnson (â€œSan Andreas,â€ â€œFurious 7,â€ HBOâ€™s â€œBallersâ€), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ â€œMoana,â€ hit the stage at D23 EXPO 2015 this afternoon. Renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdinâ€), and producer Osnat Shurer (OscarÂ®-nominated Pixar shorts â€œOne Man Band,â€ â€œBoundinâ€™”) shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the filmâ€™s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it. TonyÂ®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadwayâ€™s hottest new hit â€œHamilton,â€ Tony-winning â€œIn the Heightsâ€), GrammyÂ®-winning composer Mark Mancina (â€œSpeedâ€, â€œTarzanâ€ â€œThe Lion Kingâ€) and Opetaia Foaâ€™i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder.
Johnson said he is â€œdeeply connected to this film,â€ given his half-black, half-Samoan heritage. â€œTo tell a story about the South Pacific is truly an honor,â€ Mr. Johnson said to a cheering audience.
â€œMoanaâ€ sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.