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Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk Join Dwayne Johnson in Animated 'Moana'
Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk have joined the voice cast of Moana, Disney’s upcoming animated feature centering on South Pacific mythology.
The quintet join newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, who lends her voice to the title character, Moana, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder, and Dwayne Johnson, who voices Maui — half god, half mortal.
Ron Clements and John Musker are the directors on the movie, which is set to hit theaters Nov. 23.
Clement (What We Do in the Shadows) will voice Tamatoa, a self-absorbed 50-foot crab who lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters.
House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) will lend her pipes to Gramma Tala, Moana’s confidante and best friend, who shares her granddaughter’s special connection to the ocean.
Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones) will voice Moana’s father, Chief Tui. Scherzinger will play Moana’s mother.
Tudyk, who has voiced characters in Disney Animation's last three films (Zootopia, Big Hero 6 and Wreck-It Ralph), will voice Hei Hei, a dumb rooster who stows away on Moana’s Canoe.
Characters who will also appear in Moana are the Kakamora, a group of coconut-armored pirates, and Pua, Moana’s loyal pet pig.