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Dwayne Johnson to Voice Demigod Maui in Disney's 'Moana'

3 December 2014 7:52 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Dwayne Johnson is in talks to voice a key character in the upcoming Disney adventure Moana. The action icon will voice the Demigod Maui in this latest CG-animated princess fairy tale. The project is coming from The Little Mermaid team of Ron Clements and John Musker.

Dwayne Johnson's Maui will aid a young girl on her nautical quest, which is set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania. Moana is a born navigator who goes searching for the famed island, and her journey eventually teams her with the legendary demigod. Together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, where they battle sea creatures, take in underwater worlds, and learn about ancient Polynesian folklore.

The role of Moana herself has not yet been cast. About the character, director John Musker had this to say:

"Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself. »

- MovieWeb

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson In Talks To Voice A Demigod In Disney's Moana

2 December 2014 4:41 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Wrap report that former WWE champ Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in talks to voice a character called Maui in Moana, which is Disney's next CG-animated comedy-adventure from The Little Mermaid team of Ron Clements and John Musker. Maui is described as "a demi-god who aids a young girl on a nautical adventure." Johnson hasn't done that much voice-work, his only other credit being 2009's Planet 51. According to the site, an actress for the main character of Moana is still being sought. Below is an official promo image and synopsis for the movie. 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, the legendary demi-god Maui, as they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. »

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Venice: Al Pacino’s ‘The Humbling’ Producers Venture into Animation

30 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Pictures, at Venice as co-producers of Barry Levinson’s Al Pacino-starrer “The Humbling,” are venturing into animation with “Arctic Justice Thunder Squad.”

The ecology-themed 3D English-language family film is helmed by Canada’s Matthew Lyon in his homeland.

“This movie will be Pixar or Disney quality,” said Iervolino who has set up an animation studio in Toronto. “The team behind this film are all top-notch animators.”

The budget for “Arctic Justice,” which will be ready in 18 months, is being kept under wraps. But Iervolino said it was bigger than any previous Italian toon. Ambi is producing with financing from private investors.

“It’s our first big-budget, CGI animation film that will come from our studio in Toronto, which is a factory of young creatives,” said Iervolino.

The tale turns on a sinister walrus who plots to accelerate global warming and melt the Arctic Circle. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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