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‘Moana’ Teaser Trailer: Disney’s Newest Animated Musical Features Music From Lin-Manuel Miranda

"What's a demi-god gotta do?"



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Lin-Manuel Miranda had quite the last night when his hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” took home 11 Tony Awards last night, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. But though Miranda is busy enough just starring in “Hamilton,” he still makes the time for other projects, such as Disney’s latest animated musical “Moana,” which features music by Miranda himself. The film follows Moana (first-time actress Auli’i Cravalho) as she searches for a fabled land with hero and legendary demi-god Maui (Dawyne “The Rock” Johnson). Watch the first teaser trailer for the film above featuring Maui trying to impress Moana as well the first bit of Miranda’s music.

READ MORE: How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood

“Moana” will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who have previously directed such acclaimed animated films like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and most recently the widely acclaimed “The Princess and the Frog.” “Moana” will be Clements and Musker’s first mostly computer-animated film.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is best known for his wrestling career as well as his performances in films like “Southland Tales,” “The Other Guys,” “Pain & Gain,” as well as the “Fast and the Furious” series. He also currently stars in HBO’s half-hour series “Ballers.” Lin-Manuel Miranda previously wrote the music and lyrics to the musical “In The Heights,” which will soon receive a film adaptation from The Weinstein Company. Miranda was also a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

“Moana” will be released into theaters on November 23, 2016.

READ MORE: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Coming to the Big Screen Courtesy of Weinstein

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