Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s latest movie, Moana, is a seafaring adventure that celebrates Maui traditions through the tale of a young girl’s quest to find a fallen demigod and save her people. The first trailer is now available for your viewing pleasure.
As you have just seen, Moana stars newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the titular heroine who amps up her quest to prove herself a master wayfinder (meaning one who controls the sea) by tracking down a fallen demigod named Maui (Johnson, obviously) and locating an ancient island.
A narrator warns that a “great danger” threatens the peaceful island Moana and her family calls home, and legend tells of a hero who will journey to find Maui and save them all.
Together, the pair embark on an adventure filled with nefarious features (some of which look deceptively cute), wide open seas, and deep dives into something called the “Realm of Monsters.”
Judging by the first look, it certainly seems like Disney may be on for another winner here with a healthy mix of dramatic peril and family-friendly humour curtesy of the mis-matched pairing of Moana and Maui.
And we still have the promise of some original music from Hamilton-star Lin-Manuel Miranda to come.
Directed by Disney legends Ron Clements and John Musker (the pair responsible for The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, among other classics), Moana sets sail for US cinemas on November 23.