Lin-Manuel Miranda’s been taking the world by storm lately: Hamilton, the Star Wars cantina music tribute, and now here’s a sneak peek at his latest work on Disney’s upcoming Moana!
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, Hamilton is the rap/hip-hop musical about Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton that hit Broadway like a freight train. It’s the most diversely cast musical Broadway’s ever seen, and it’s bringing so many new audiences to the theatre that even their online lottery servers can’t handle it!
Miranda’s now lending his genius composing and lyric-writing skills to Disney. Moana is set “in ancient Oceania, in the South Pacific, [and tells the story of] the young Moana, a born navigator, [who] sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.”
Moana herself will be voiced by 14 year old Auli’i Cravalho – an actual Hawaiian teenager! She spoke to PEOPLE magazine when she got cast, saying: “Moana is such an amazing character.
“She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.”
Her demi-god friend is played by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! The Rock’s currently involved in the final Fast & Furious trilogy as well as working on his own show Boost Unit, but we can’t wait to see him lend his voice to this awesome character! And neither can he!
“Can’t wait to sing my song written by the man @Lin_Manuel. That’s me on the left btw. *calmly clears throat,” he tweeted. The Rock singing Disney songs is everything we never knew we needed!
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 6, 2016
Miranda tweeted a link to this awesome sneak peek with the caption, “I can’t wait for you to meet Moana.” We can’t wait either!
I can’t wait for you to meet Moana. https://t.co/viKx8hC8oU
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 6, 2016
Moana’s due to hit cinemas November 23rd.
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