8:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Voice Cast of 'DuckTales' Reboot
Lin-Manuel Miranda is getting animated.
The Hamilton creator has joined the voice cast of Disney XD's upcoming DuckTales reboot.
Miranda, said to be a "lifelong DuckTales aficionado," will provide the voice of Gizmoduck, who was featured in the original series. Gizmoduck is a Duckburg hero whose true identity is Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a brilliant young intern working for Scrooge McDuck's personal mad scientist, Gyro Gearloose.
"Lin came to mind instantly for the role of Gizmoduck," executive producer Matt Youngberg said. "His rapid-fire earnestness paired with his wide-eyed yet determined optimism made him the perfect person to yell 'Blathering blatherskite!'"
Added co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones: "Growing up as a Cuban-American comic enthusiast, I was always hungry for a Latino hero to call my own. In developing the new series, Matt and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt DuckTales' marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots."
Like the original, the new DuckTales will follow the adventures of Scrooge McDuck; his curious and mischief-making grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie; the temperamental Donald Duck; and their trusty team, Webby Vanderquack, Launchpad McQuack and Mrs. Beakley.
Miranda will recur alongside a voice cast that includes David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck; Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as Huey, Dewey and Louie, respectively; Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack; Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack; and Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley.
The series, produced by Disney Television Animation, has already been picked up for a second season ahead of its summer premiere.
The casting adds another Disney credit to Miranda's resume. He was nominated for an Oscar for best original song "How Far I'll Go," from the Disney film Moana, and has a role in the studio's upcoming Mary Poppins sequel.