Dwayne Johnson Signs On to Sing in Disney’s Animated Musical ‘Moana’

The “Furious 7” star has agreed to voice the male lead following a two-hour presentation by the studio

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has signed on to voice the male lead in Disney’s animated musical “Moana” following a two-hour presentation by the studio, the “Furious 7” star announced Wednesday on Instagram.

Johnson will voice Maui, a legendary demi-god who aids a young girl on a nautical adventure.

A CG-animated comedy-adventure from “The Little Mermaid” team of Ron Clements and John Musker, “Moana” is set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania. Moana, a born navigator, searches for a fabled island and her incredible journey teams with her hero, Maui, as they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Johnson wrote on Instagram: “At DISNEY STUDIOS signing contracts to play the male lead in their next big classic animated musical, #MOANA. Just had an amazing 2hr presentation and it’s easy to see why they’re the greatest story tellers in the world. Im excited. And in the background my homies Fred & Wasabi from #BigHERO6 are jumpin’ for joy joy cause they heard I’m gonna sing in the movie. #WeTrulyKnowWhereWereGoing”

Disney has had its eye on Johnson for “Moana” for several months, as TheWrap reported he was in talks for a key role back in December 2014. The coveted title role has not yet been cast.

“Moana” will be Johnson’s first voice-over role since 2009’s “Planet 51.” The actor is best known for his action roles in franchises like “Fast and Furious” and “G.I. Joe.” He’ll next star in earthquake actioner “San Andreas” and play villain Black Adam in DC comic book adaptation “Shazam.”

Johnson is represented by WME and Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.

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