Disney’s upcoming animated feature Moana will feature The Rock as the demi-god Maui. He is the first actor confirmed to join the voice cast.
Moana is a computer-animated adventure set about 2,000 years ago. It’ll see 14-year-old Moana on an epic journey through the Pacific, as she teams with the mythic Polynesian demi-god Maui to search for a fabled island.
It is scheduled to be released on Nov. 23, 2016, and Disney is only just now beginning to assemble the voice actors for the project.
The Wrap announced yesterday that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is in talks to voice the character of Maui. Johnson himself confirmed the role later that day.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 3, 2014
Johnson has previously lent his voice to Planet 51, Family Guy and Transformers Prime.
The film will feature a new style of CG, which has the appearance of painted canvas. Very The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, if the concept art is anything to go by.
Moana will be directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, the team behind Disney classics Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and most recently The Princess and the Frog.
In the Wrap article, co-director John Musker describes the main character Moana as, “Indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself. She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”