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first look at Disney's Moana 2 showing Moana on her boat at night with a purple starry sky behind her and dark blue waters with a whale beneath her

Disney Announces ‘Moana’ 2 to Release This Year

Disney boss Bob Iger has announced Moana 2 is coming – and it’s happening this year!

Yep, this is in addition to the live-action Moana starring Dwayne Johnson which is due out next year. Sure, that’s a lot of Moanas but if you watched the first animated film and were as mesmerised by the storyline, the visuals and the music as I was, then really, there aren’t enough Moanas!

“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise and we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theatres this Novemberm” Iger said in a CNBC interview, revealing the exact theatrical release date of November 27.

According to Disney, Moana 2 will take us 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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Disney also shared a “first-look” clip of the movie on social media. It’s only a few seconds long, but it’s as visually beautiful as you can possibly imagine. Purple waters at sunset, an island, feet in the sand and then a quick shot of Moana herself.



Auli’i Cravalho who voiced Moana in the original animated film is expected to return for the sequel (she posted the clip on her socials too!) however she won’t be starring in the live-action re-make.

Explaining her decision on Instagram in May last year, Auli’i said: “When I was cast as Moana at 14, it wonderfully changed my life and started my career. In this live-action retelling, I will not be reprising the role. I believe it is absolutely vital that casting accurately represents the characters and stories we want to tell.”

Auli’i continued: “I’m truly honoured to pass the baton to the next woman of Pacific Island descent to honour our incredible Pacific people, cultures and communities that help inspire her story, and I look forward to all the beautiful Pacific representation to come. Mahalo.”

(Feature Image Credit: courtesy Disney/X)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.