Upcoming young Australian actress, Catherine Laga‘aia, has been given the lead role in Disney’s Moana, the live-action remake.

I’m really excited to embrace this character because Moana is one of my favorites,

said Laga‘aia, the 17-year-old.

The cast also includes New Zealander John Tui as Moana’s father, Chief Tui, Samoan-New Zealand actress Frankie Adams as Moana’s mother Sina, and Rena Owen, as Gramma Tala.

Moana is a young woman who is all about the Pacific and its traditions, paving the way for all islanders.

Moana the live-action remake is rumored to premier on the 26th of July 2026. Definitely something to look forward to if you grew up watching the animated version of it.\

[Source: https://www.screenhub.com.au/news/news/disney-casts-australian-actress-as-live-action-moana-2644170/]