Multiple award-winning actor, playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway's Hamilton, Disney's Moana) has joined the voice cast of the new DuckTales series debuting this summer on Disney XD. A lifelong DuckTales aficionado, Miranda will provide the voice of fan-favorite character Gizmoduck, a Duckburg hero whose true identity is Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a brilliant young intern working for Scrooge McDuck's personal mad scientist, Gyro Gearloose. Here's what Co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones said in a statement.
"Growing up as a Cuban-American comics 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."
The series, produced by Disney Television Animation, has already been picked up for a second season ahead of its highly anticipated premiere. Disney XD has still not issued an exact premiere date for the first season yet, but it has been confirmed to debut sometime in Summer 2017. Here's what Executive producer Matt Youngberg said in his statement.
"Lin came to mind instantly for the role of Gizmoduck. His rapid-fire earnestness paired with his wide-eyed yet determined optimism made him the perfect person to yell 'BLATHERING BLATHERSKITE!'"
Miranda will recur alongside the talented DuckTales voice cast which includes David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck; Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as the voices of Huey, Dewey and Louie, respectively; Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack; Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack and Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley. Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, the new family comedy-adventure series will once again take viewers along as 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, embark on high-flying adventures around the world.
A generation's seminal cartoon, the Emmy Award-winning DuckTales led the daily syndicated cartoon block "The Disney Afternoon" with 100 episodes produced by Disney Television Animation from 1987-90. An animated theatrical film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp premiered in 1990. The original "DuckTales" is currently available on WATCH Disney Channel, an app that allows consumers to watch on tablets, phones, computers and set-top boxes. Disney Interactive features several DuckTales-themed items in the Disney Infinity toy box.
A music video of the familiar DuckTales theme song (with real ducks) has amassed over six-million views since September 2014 on the popular YouTube channel "Oh My Disney." Last month, a new video featuring "real animals" singing the DuckTales theme song was released, to get fans ready for this highly-anticipated animated series. Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently in production on Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, where he plays the lamplighter Jack alongside Emily Blunt as the title character. He has also signed on to compose the score for Disney's The Little Mermaid, alongside Alan Menken. His Broadway hit Hamilton won a whopping 11 Tony Awards, just one shy of the all-time record of 12, set by The Producers.