Actor Dwayne Johnson, who has given voice-over of the character Maui in “Moana”, says the forthcoming film is a “history making movie”.

Johnson says that the reason he wanted to be part of the film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, was “the opportunity to showcase a culture that is very important” to him.

“It was the opportunity to showcase my culture, and to be part of something that was truly historic,” Johnson said in a statement.

“This is a history making movie and I am not saying that because I am a little biased… because I’m in the movie, but it truly is. With Disney putting out ‘Moana’, showcasing the Pacific islands for the very first time on screen this way,” he added.

“Moana” tells the story of a strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic to a goddess. She sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod and hopes to save her people.

The film is scheduled to release on Friday.

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