Thousands of Fans Petition to See Influencer Star in ‘Moana’ Live-Action Film

Bretman Rock Influencer Moana
Credit: Disney, Canva

Forget Dwayne Johnson! This could be the real star power that the upcoming Moana live-action film needs!

It’s official: Disney is set to bring the beloved animated film Moana to life with a thrilling live-action adaptation. Fans of the original movie are excited to see their favorite characters embark on an amazing adventure in this highly anticipated film. The live-action version of Moana promises to captivate audiences with its stunning visuals, powerful storytelling, and unforgettable musical numbers.

One of the most exciting aspects of the live-action adaptation is the casting of the film’s lead characters. Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” will be once again stepping into the shoes of the iconic demigod Maui. Johnson’s charisma and larger-than-life presence will surely bring a level of excitement and energy to the character. However, it’s not Dwayne Johnson who the fans are begging to see in Moana. In fact, an internet influencer has become to target of thousands of fans’ dream cast.

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

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

“Moana” (2017)/Credit: Walt Disney Animation

Fans Petition for Unique Casting Option

Creating a film like Moana will be no small feat. Behind the scenes, director Thomas Kail leads the charge in creating a visually stunning and emotionally resonant film. Kail, known for his work on the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, has a knack for bringing stories to life in a spectacular way. With his unique vision and storytelling expertise, audiences can expect a live-action version of Moana that is both faithful to the original and adds new depth to the beloved characters and their journeys.

However, a film is only as good as the actors chosen to portray these beloved characters. As of now, the only actor confirmed to return is Dwayne Johnson. Auli’i Cravalho already announced that she would not be returning as Moana, and the rest of the cast remains shrouded in mystery. However, fans do have a strong casting idea for one particular role.

"Moana" Star, Dwayne Johnson, Voted One of the Nicest People in Hollywood

Credit: Disney/ Canva

Could This Petition Result in a Casting Choice?

Fans of Disney’s film Moana are showing their excitement for the upcoming live-action adaptation by petitioning for a unique casting choice. A widely popular online petition calls for Disney to cast Bretman Rock, a well-known social media personality and makeup artist, as the voice and visual representation of Hei Hei, the lovable and hilarious chicken sidekick of the film’s main character. This unexpected choice has gained traction among fans who believe Rock’s humor and charisma would bring a whole new level of entertainment to the live-action film.

Bretman Rock, widely recognized for his vibrant personality, has amassed millions of followers on social media platforms. His engaging content and relatable nature have made him a beloved figure among his fans. The petition argues that Rock’s unique talents and ability to captivate an audience would make him the perfect fit for the role of Hei Hei. Fans believe his comedic timing and infectious energy would translate seamlessly into the animated chicken’s antics, adding a fresh and dynamic dimension to the live-action adaptation. Bretman also lives in Hawaii, which would presumably make the filming process quite easy. The petition reads;

“As a passionate fan of Disney and a firm believer in representation, we feel it is crucial to see diverse faces and voices in our beloved films. This is why we are advocating for the casting of Bretman Rock, an influential Filipino-American internet personality, as Hei Hei in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Moana. 

Bretman’s vibrant personality and unique voice would bring an exciting new dimension to the character of Hei Hei. Moreover, his casting would be a significant step towards better representation within Hollywood where Asian-Americans account for only 1% of leading roles despite making up 5.6% of the U.S population (source: UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report).

Disney has always been at the forefront of creating magical worlds that inspire and entertain us all. By casting Bretman Rock as Hei Hei, they have an opportunity to continue this legacy while also promoting diversity and representation that reflects our global community.

Please join us in urging Disney to consider Bretman Rock for this role by signing this petition today!”


Taking my chicken out to see the world … so hhesot impressed when boys take him on trips 🤪

♬ 오리지널 사운드 – NewJeans – NewJeans

While it will probably be a while before we know anything more about the casting of Moana, it is exciting to wonder about the exciting possibilities we might receive.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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