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Disney announces Moana 2 with songs from Bridgerton The Musical duo

Moana 2 first look
Moana 2 takes audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers. © 2024 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the release of Moana 2 for this November.

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A sequel to the 2016 Oscar-nominated film, Moana, is set to grace theatres from 27 November 2024, heralding the return of the beloved characters Moana and Maui.

“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise,” Walt Disney Company Chief Executive Officer Bob iger commented. “And we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theaters this November.”

The sequel, titled simply Moana 2, promises an epic new adventure that will take audiences on a vast journey across the seas of Oceania.

New songs from TikTok duo

Under the direction of Dave Derrick Jr., Moana 2 will feature a score with contributions from Grammy award winning Bridgerton The Musical duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Grammy nominee Opetaia Foa’i, and three-time Grammy winner Mark Mancina.

Barlow & Bear, who rose to fame by posting their songs on TikTok, will make history as the first female duo of Disney composers. Before this, only 10 women have composed songs for Disney films, compared to nearly 200 men.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote songs for the first movie, will not be involved according to press information.

What’s the plot of Moana 2?

With a fresh crew of unlikely seafarers joining Moana and Maui, the film aims to explore new horizons and present challenges that the characters have never encountered before.

The narrative unfolds as Moana receives a mysterious call from her wayfinding ancestors, compelling her to venture into uncharted and perilous waters. This quest is not only a search for answers but also a test of her courage and determination.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.