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Dwayne Johnson Needs Live-Action ‘Moana’ Film More Than Anyone Else – Here’s Why

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Everybody knows who Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is, with his extensive career spanning from professional football to professional wrestling with World Wrestling Entertainment to his current career in entertainment. But, could that career be careening toward a downward spiral? One report suggests so…

When and Where Did The Rock’s Acting Career Begin?

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His acting debut began with The Mummy Returns (2001), appearing as the Scorpion King and starring alongside Brendan Fraser. From there, Johnson’s acting career took off, and he starred in everything from comedies to action films.

For a time, Dwayne Johnson was one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, his charm and charisma dazzling audiences. Films such as the Fast and Furious series, G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), San Andreas (2015), and Disney’s Moana (2016) made money and headlines, and for a time, it seemed like nothing could go wrong for the WWE superstar.

…Until things went wrong for the WWE superstar.

Things Were Perfect…Until They Weren’t

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Although The Rock’s performance in Disney’s animated film Moana pleased audiences, Disney’s live-action Jungle Cruise (2021) may have been the beginning of his sinking career. Starring alongside Emily Blunt, Dwayne’s career hasn’t seemed to recover from Jungle Cruise’s disappointing box office failure, and has haunted the former wrestler ever since.

So, The Rock set his sights on superhero movies, beginning with DC League of Superpets (2022), a children’s movie surrounding the pets of everyone’s favorite DC superheroes. This movie wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t enough to revive Johnson’s career. Up next was Black Adam (2022), one of DC’s most disappointing releases to date.

So, we can see why Dwayne Johnson is returning to his roots. His Disney roots, that is.

So, What Comes Next? Why Not Start At the Beginning?

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The original Moana film proved to be a successful family movie with fun music, memorable characters, and, most importantly, marketable characters.

If Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is returning to Disney for a live-action Moana, it just might be the saving grace the former professional wrestler needs to pick his acting career back up again…Or, it could sink it for good.

Unfortunately, it’s no secret that nobody (other than The Rock, apparently) is asking for a live-action adaptation of Moana. The animated film was just fine the way it was…only seven years ago. Remaking a film as recent as seven years ago is a bold move, especially for Disney.

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After all, even live-action remakes of films made decades ago, such as Dumbo (1941), Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Mulan (1998) struggle for relevancy and success.

If Dwayne Johnson is looking to a live-action Moana in an attempt to revive his failing acting career, it must be a dire sign considering the massive risk he is taking.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.