A live-action reimagining of 'Moana' is also in the works
Moana is getting an animated sequel in addition to an upcoming live-action reimagining.
Disney Animation announced Wednesday that Moana 2 is coming to theaters this November, sharing a brief teaser.
“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise, and we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theaters this November," said Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger in a statement.
According to a synopsis, Moana 2 "takes audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers. After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s ever faced."
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The animated sequel is directed by Dave Derrick Jr., featuring music by Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.
The hit 2016 film is also getting a live-action version coming soon, with Dwayne Johnson reprising his role of demigod Maui there.
Last April, Disney announced the live-action version of Moana. The voice behind Moana, Mean Girls star Auli'i Cravalho is serving as an executive producer on that project as a new actress takes on the lead role.
In a statement at the time, Cravalho, 23, said of the character, "She has had such a profound impact on how we think of Disney princesses. Moana's strength and perseverance are inspiring — to audiences around the world, to me and to everyone who helped bring her to life. I'm looking forward to sharing her story in a whole new way."
Moana 2 is in theaters Nov. 27.
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