As if the star power of David Tennant wasn’t enough, Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining the cast of Disney XD’s reboot of DuckTales.
Miranda has been everywhere since Hamilton became a cultural phenomenon, but Disney has been getting a big share of his talents and time. Other projects in the pipe include a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, a sequel to Mary Poppins, and an original animated movie that has no title yet.
Miranda will be voicing Gizmoduck, a hero in the city of Duckberg whose real identity is Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera. Cabrera is the brilliant intern of Gyro Gearloose, the mad scientist who makes all of the gadgets for the irascible Scrooge McDuck (Tennant).
While I’m wary of how much Disney cashes in on nostalgia, adding Miranda to the already impressive cast is an encouraging sign that the show will be good and not just a rehash of the Emmy-winning original.
DuckTales premieres on Disney XD this summer and has already been greenlit for a second season.