The Rock’s WWE Past Inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda When Writing His Moana Song

Credit: Disney
Credit: Disney

Moana is easily one of the most anticipated movies left in this year.

Outside of a few nuggets of gold film wise, we’ve been starving for a really fantastic film in a pretty meh year for movies.

Moana, hopefully, is going to be a breath of fresh air to sustain us. What has been shown in the trailers and TV spots, it looks Disney has sparked some magic in the sea yet again.

With the talent that’s in this film, both old and new, it’s not surprising that people are waiting with bated breath for this movie.

One of the things most folks are looking forward to is the soundtrack because your fave and mine Lin-Manuel Miranda helped craft the songs for it. And he made sure to know the actors’ ranges when crafting them, even if he had to go for it in interesting ways.

In an interview with Entertainment WeeklyMiranda talked about delving into Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s past in the WWE in order to help create his song.

He said: “So I watched this supercut on YouTube of him being like, [sings, mimics strumming a guitar] ‘Can’t wait to get out of Chicago, it’s the worst’ and they’re all going ‘Boo!’ So I was like, ‘Okay, that’s his vocal range,’ and I wrote within that.”

YouTube to the rescue! It’s actually a really clever trick of Miranda’s to do for the song. Since you can’t have the actor, especially one as busy as the Rock, sing at you all day then look it up.

Miranda, also, had a lot of fun writing to the Rock’s personality in the present.

He said: “He’s got such a presence and personality that I really wrote to that, and it’s a lot of fun to write to.”

Well I can imagine having someone big and boisterous playing that type of character would go hand in hand.

You can check out the trailer below for the film which will be on November 23rd.


Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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