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Oceania, the original Disney film, tells the adventure of a Polynesian village chief’s daughter who must set out in search of the demigod Maui in the hope of saving her people, by reuniting a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti. Auli’i Cravalho leads the cast as Moana alongside Dwayne Johnson as Maui, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement and Alan Tudyk. Just over six years after the original film hit theaters, Dwayne Johnson confirmed the news on Twitter of the live action in development. The actor revealed that the live-action production is looking for the real Samoan locations they inspired Oceania to start shooting. Johnson confirmed that will return to play Maui in the next movie.
The cast of the live action Oceania
The star Auli’i Cravalho on the live action he wrote: “Oceania it had such a profound impact on how we think about Disney princesses. There Moana’s strength and perseverance I am a source of inspiration for audiences around the world, for me and for everyone who helped bring it to life. I can’t wait to share her story in a whole new way.” In addition to reprising his role as Maui, Dwayne Johnson will produce the live-action remake of Oceania with her producing partners Seven Bucks Productions and Flynn Picture Co. While it’s unclear if she will reprise the eponymous role, Cravalho also returns as an executive producer on the film with original writer Jared Bush also involved in developing the remake in an unspecified capacity .
The live action
The announcement of a live-action remake of Oceania marks a surprising turn in the recent trend of Disney remakes as it is the most recent animated film to be adapted for this format. Prior to this project, the shortest gap between the release of a Disney animated film and its live-action remake was Mulan, with just 22 years separating the two adaptations. Although Disney hasn’t set a release date yet or a timeline on when filming will begin, the live-action of Oceania it’s not even a decade since its Oscar-nominated original. Among the upcoming live-action arrivals we mention Lilo & Stitchalso steeped in Polynesian and Samoan cultures.