The irrepressible creative force commonly known as Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Broadway’s Hamilton, composer of Disney’s Moana) has joined the voice cast of the new DuckTales TV series coming to Disney XD this summer.
Miranda will be playing fan-favorite character Gizmoduck — Duckberg’s resident cyborg hero whose true identity is Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a brilliant young intern working for Scrooge McDuck’s personal mad scientist, Gyro Gearloose.
The updated Disney Television Animation production has already been picked up for a second season ahead of its premiere.
Co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones said, “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 [executive producer Matt Youngberg] and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt DuckTales marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”
“Lin came to mind instantly for the role of Gizmoduck,” added Youngberg. “His rapid-fire earnestness paired with his wide-eyed yet determined optimism made him the perfect person to yell ‘BLATHERING BLATHERSKITE!'”
Miranda joins a pedigreed comedy 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.