No, you did not misread that headline! And neither did I when I read five different variations on it today! Singer, songwriter, composer, and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda – of Hamilton, Moana, and even Star Wars fame – has joined Disney XD’s upcoming reboot of DuckTales as the mechanically enhanced crime fighter, GizmoDuck!
As GizmoDuck is a superhero, he will of course have a secret identity, which Miranda will also be performing, Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, who is interning for Gyro Gearloose. If you are a fan of the original show, you may be wondering about the hyphenated surname, but co-producer Francisco Angones explains:
“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 [Youngberg] and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt ‘DuckTales’ marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”
In addition to the casting announcement, we also got a look at the designs for Miranda’s character.
You will be able to hear Miranda in DuckTales when it premieres this summer on Disney XD. GizmoDuck is set to be a recurring character in the series which is already confirmed to have at least two seasons.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited to hear Miranda in the new DuckTales series?
Edited by: Hannah Wilkes