The film, which comes from the Little Mermaid and Aladdin team of Ron Clements and John Musker, already has it’s leads cast: Auli’i Cravalho will lend her voice to the titular character while Dwayne Johnson will portray the half-god, half-human Maui. Both Clements and Musker praised the talent assembled for the movie, saying they “elevate” their roles “in every way”:
· Jemaine Clement (The BFG, Despicable Me, Rio, Rio 2, What We Do in the Shadows, “Flight of the Conchords”) provides the voice of Tamatoa, a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab who lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters. The conceited crustacean wants to be more than a “bottom feeder” and overcompensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny.
· Rachel House (Whale Rider, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) lends her voice to Gramma Tala, Moana’s confidante and best friend, who shares her granddaughter’s special connection to the ocean. Although her son Tui, the chief of Motunui, is a no-nonsense leader, Gramma Tala most definitely dances to the beat of her own drum.
· Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Once Were Warriors, Six Days, Seven Nights) voices Moana’s father, Chief Tui, the gregarious and well-respected leader of the people of Motunui Island. Chief Tui wants Moana to follow in his footsteps as leader of their people, but fears his daughter’s draw to the ocean and the world that lies beyond their reef.
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