Disney's 'Moana' Cast Announced: Who Joins Dwayne Johnson & Auli'i Cravalho?

By Victoria Guerra | Jul 27, 2016 04:15 PM EDT
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As months go by, more and more information regarding Disney's next Princess movie, Moana, keeps surfacing online, and with every scrap, the film sounds increasingly interesting. Now, the studio just released the full cast for the movie as well as descriptions for the characters -- and there are some seriously big names involved in the animated musical!

Not long after the announcement of Moana, the main two voice actors were announced: 16-year-old newcomer Hawaiian actress and singer Auli'I Cravalho as the title princess and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as legendary Polynesian demi-god Maui.

According to Screen Rant, Disney has just released more information regarding the rest of the voice cast and their characters' descriptions. Actor Alan Tudyk (best known for Firefly and Suburgatory) will be returning to Disney voice acting after working on hits like Frozen and Wreck-It-Ralph, and he'll be playing Heihei, a hilarious-looking rooster that's being described as "the village idiot" by Coming Soon, who ends up traveling with Moana without even realizing he was embarking on her adventure.

Rachel House, known for her roles in Whale Rider and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, will be voicing Gramma Tala, Moana's gran and confidante, who is also very much connected to the ocean and "dances to the beat of her own drum."

Jemaine Clement, from the comedy duo and TV show Flight of the Conchords as well as the recent vampire-themed mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, will be voicing Tamatoa, a 50-foot crab who lives in the "realm of monsters" and is seemingly unbearably self-absorbed and downright obsessed with "all things shiny."

Temuera Morrison, who you'll recognize as Jango Fett in the second Star Wars trilogy, will voice Chief Tui, the leader of the local community and Moana's father, a respected man who fears his daughter's love for the world outside of Motonui Island -- kind of like King Triton in The Little Mermaid.

Finally, The Pussycat Dolls alum and West End Cats actress Nicole Scherzinger will be lending her Grammy-nominated voice to the character of Sina, Moana's mother (a rarity in a Disney movie: a mom) who "always has her daughter's back" but worried about Moana's fascination with the world beyond her home, as she's concerned about the ocean's legendary dangers.

Moana, which will reach theaters this fall, will be directed by the duo behind classics like Aladdin and Hercules, Ron Clemens and John Musker. As the first musical since Frozen, it also promises some great numbers, with the likes of New Zealand guitarist Opetaia Foa'I and Mark Mancina working on the score, as well as Tony and Grammy-winning superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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