Walt Disney Pictures is set to get its first Polynesian princess in upcoming flick Moana, and lead star Dwayne Johnson, who voices the mischievous demi-god Maui, is showing off his warrior spirit in a brand new clip.
The video posted to Johnson’s Instagram page highlights his performance of the Haka, an ancient Maori war dance which is now used to great effect by the New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks.
Johnson also talks about the mana that he’s utilised and drawn from when he performs the haka, and the spiritual and cultural significance that it has for him, especially in relation to his Polynesian heritage. The clip is intense, and is a powerful example of Johnson’s commitment to the character and his heritage in bringing Maui to life on the big screen.
Hard to explain the “mana” (spiritual power) that comes out when you perform the Haka. Highly intense and emotional and I always need a few minutes to calm down after I do it. I also have to do this last ’cause I blow out my damn vocal chords. 😂 🔫 This is a small clip from today’s work from our new DISNEY animated musical #MOANA This THANKSGIVING. #BloodPumping #Haka #TimeForWar
In addition to Johnson, the film also sees newcomer Auli’i Cravalho taking to the big screen as the voice of Moana, and with her kind heart and brilliant energy, she’s is sure to make a big impression on audiences everywhere.
Disney fans will have a brand new princess to follow when Moana makes its way into cinemas on November 23 in the US, and on December 26 in New Zealand and Australia.
Image source: Walt Disney Pictures.