Many people know Lin-Manuel Miranda primarily for Hamilton — the Broadway smash hit that details Alexander Hamilton’s rise to prominence in Colonial America.
The original musical cast featured Miranda himself as Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Anjelica Schuyler, Philippa Soo as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, and more.
When Hamilton debuted on the Disney+ streaming platform on 4th of July weekend 2020, it was nearly as much of a hit as it first was on The Great White Way. What many don’t realize, though, is that Miranda isn’t new to Disney — in fact, he’s been part of several of Walt Disney Studios’ most popular recent films.
Miranda was the creative mind behind some of the music in Moana (2016) and was even Oscar nominated for Auli’i Cravalho’s rendition of “How Far I’ll Go.” Miranda also both composed and acted in Mary Poppins Returns (2018), starring Emily Blunt as the title character.
Most recently, the songwriter worked with Disney Legend Alan Menken on the score for the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid, which is set to begin production very soon following pandemic-related filming delays.
Now, Miranda’s journey with Disney is continuing. At last week’s Walt Disney Company Investors Day event, it was confirmed that he will write the music for the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, Encanto.
Disney Animation’s official Twitter account confirmed the news, posting:
This Fall, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new film Encanto takes you to Colombia, where a magical family live in a magical home. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, and music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
This Fall, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new film Encanto takes you to Colombia, where a magical family live in a magical home. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, and music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. pic.twitter.com/bdxag3SzPv
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) December 11, 2020
The colorful movie is set to debut on November 24, 2021.
Are you excited to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s journey with Disney continue? Do you think he’s on his way to becoming the next Alan Menken?