Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has proven a billion-dollar man, beefing up the appeal of movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain and Fast & Furious 6. The dude is made up of like 90% muscle and 110% radiant charm. Yes, that’s 200%, but have you seen the guy?
Anyhow, The Wrap is reporting that Johnson is in talks to take his charms to Disney’s forthcoming comedy-adventure Moana, which will follow the quest of the titular South Pacific girl as she journeys out to discover a legendary island, encountering massive sea beasts, awe-inspiring underworlds and other elements of Oceania folklore along the way. Should Johnson sign on, he’d be lending his bouncy and burly voice to the Moana’s companion, the demi-god Maui.
We suspect that’s Maui’s brawny back seen in the concept art above. So from go he and Johnson have some things in common. Beyond that, it’s possible Moana might hold a special significance to Johnson, as its goal is to tap into the culture of the South Pacific. Which is one he shares, being Samoan on his mother’s side.
The role of Moana has not yet been cast and Disney is not commenting on Johnson’s rumored negotiations for the part. Nonetheless, Moana is poised to be pretty spectacular. For one thing, it’s being helmed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the masterminds who directed Disney’s 1989 sensation The Little Mermaid. For another, it’s one of the rare Disney movies that will focus on a heroine of color, and it will venture outside the European fairy tales that have long proved their major inspiration. If they can secure Johnson, that’s gravy.
UPDATE: Johnson has since confirmed he will lend his voice to Moana, and that includes his singing voice!