Confirmed: ‘Moana 2’ Losing Major Star

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The Walt Disney Company just announced major news that Moana 2 will be coming out in November 2024.


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Moana (2016) became a popular movie that children and parents quickly came to enjoy. Fans fell in love with the newest Disney princess and the journey she was forced to go on. While on her journey, the “daughter of the village chief” faced danger and self-discovery.

Moana, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, is a captivating animated film that follows the journey of a spirited Polynesian teenager. Set in the lush and vibrant islands of the South Pacific, the movie tells the story of the princess’s quest to restore the heart of Te Fiti.

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Sadly, with the announcement of Moana 2 a major star will not be returning to help film and create. DiscussingFilm tweeted on X (formerly known as Twitter) that star Lin-Manuel Miranda will not return to help co-write Moana’s soundtrack.

While Moana was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, Clements will also not be working on Moana 2 due to retirement in 2023.

The new director for Moana 2 will be Dave Derrick Jr. He is known for his contributions as a storyboard artist on notable projects like the live-action The Lion King (2019), and Encanto (2021) and several other Disney films.

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As details about the sequel remain unknown, we know fan-favorite characters such as Maui (played by Dwayne Johnson) and Moana (played by Auliʻi Cravalho) will return for the highly-anticipated sequel.

With Lin-Manuel Miranda not returning for Moana 2, many fans have wondered what might be next for him as far as Disney is concerned. The composer helped tab the Encanto soundtrack, which quickly became a viral hit.

He has been talking about a sequel to the beloved 2021 Disney movie, but nothing has come of it yet. Many believe that we might see an Encanto 2 in 2025 or 2026, but this has not been confirmed by Disney as of yet.

moana with maui the demigod and hei hei the rooster in disney's moana (2017)

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Moana 2 will be released on November 27, 2024.

Disney Dining will provide new updates and developments as they are released. There’s no doubt that fans are excited for the sequel to be released and it will be interesting to see what the storyline features when a trailer is unveiled later this year.

Are you looking forward to Moana 2? Tell us about it in the comments below!

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.