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Disney’s Moana 2 set to release in theatres in November, first look out

The sequel to the Oscar-nominated film will be directed by Dave Derrick Jr

Urmi Chakraborty Calcutta Published 09.02.24, 11:11 AM
A still from the film.

A still from the film. Disney

Moana 2, a sequel to Disney’s Oscar-nominated film Moana, will hit theatres on November 27, the animation company announced on Thursday alongside a first-look teaser and a still from the film.

“#Moana2, only in theaters Nov. 27, 2024,” Disney Animation wrote on X, sharing the teaser which hints at Moana exploring new seas and sailing to unknown shores. However, it does not give a glimpse of the demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.

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Directed by Dave Derrick Jr, Moana 2 will take fans on a new adventure with Moana, Maui and a group of unusual sailors. After Moana receives a call from her ancestors, she embarks on a journey to the treacherous waters of Oceania for an adventure “unlike anything she’s ever faced”.

Maui appears in a first-look picture dropped by Disney. The picture shows him standing on Moana’s boat along with supporting characters watching a whale swim by.

“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise,” said Disney’s CEO Bob Iger in a statement. “And we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theatres this November.”

The soundtrack for the upcoming film is composed by Grammy winners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Grammy nominee Opetaia Foa’i and three-time Grammy winner Mark Mancina.

Amassing over USD 680 million worldwide, Moana, released in 2016, was a box-office hit. “The original Moana film from 2016 recently crossed 1 billion hours streamed on Disney Plus and was the most streamed movie of 2023 on any platform in the US,” Iger said in a statement during his appearance on CNBC channel recently.

Auli'i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the original film, is set to reprise her role for the sequel.

The 2016 film follows the journey of a spirited Polynesian teenager Moana, who sets sail across the ocean to save her island from a curse. On the way, she teams up with Maui, overcomes obstacles and learns about her identity as a seafarer. To bring back harmony to her people and the ocean, Moana decides to restore the heart of Te Fiti, a goddess with the power to create life.

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