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Dwayne Johnson Sings a Lin-Manuel Miranda Song in New ‘Moana’ Sneak Peek – See the Clip!

by Leena Tailor 1:00 PM PDT, October 24, 2016
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With only one month to go until Disney’s Moana sails into theaters, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is giving fans a little tease of his singing skills in the animated flick.

Johnson, who voices Maori demigod Maui in the adventure/comedy, shared a new preview of the film on his Instagram on Monday.

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The clip shows Maui serenading Moana, voiced by Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, with the song “You’re Welcome,” written by Tony-winning Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“We just doin' a little sanging over here or as we say in the streets, "I'm spittin' that fire bruh!" the actor captioned the video. “A blast collaborating with the musical genius himself and my Puerto Rican twin Lin-Manuel Miranda. Too much fun!" #YoureWelcome #MoanaMondays”

Set 3,000 years ago in Oceania, the story follows young heroine Moana, who sets out on a daring voyage to save her people by reclaiming an ancient gem. Along the way, she encounters shapeshifting demigod Maui.

The story is close to Johnson’s heart, given the actor’s strong ties to the South Pacific. Half-Samoan, the 44-year-old was bestowed the chiefly title of Seiuli during a visit to the Polynesian island in 2004, and spent some of his high school years living in New Zealand.

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Johnson had a blast working on the song with Miranda, who is part of the movie’s musical team, alongside GRAMMY-winning composer Mark Mancina and New Zealand musician Opetaia Foa’i.

The team also worked on the track, “How Far I’ll Go,” which is performed by Cravalho in the film and by “Wild Things” singer Alessia Cara in the end credits.

The film’s soundtrack will be released on Nov. 18 and the movie hits theaters on Nov. 23. See the trailer below.

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