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Lin-Manuel Miranda returns to Disney for animated film Encanto

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The Moana songwriter will breathe life into a magical new movie

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After the success of Pixar’s Coco, Disney is returning to the well of animated musicals built around magic and Latino culture and families — but this time with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Details on Encanto, which will hit theaters in 2022, were revealed in Disney’s Investor Day event this Thursday. The new animated film is set in Colombia, is about “the dangerously wonderful chaos of family,” and contains elements of “magical realism.” The name of the film seems derived from the Spanish word for “charm” or “spell.”

The film is from the team of Byron Howard (Zootopia), Jared Bush (Zootopia), and Charise Castro Smith (The Haunting of Hill House). Miranda was last involved in a Disney movie for 2019’s Mary Poppins Returns. But before that, the Broadway composer dipped his toes into the Disney waters by penning the instant-hit songs for Moana, including “How Far I’ll Go,” which was nominated for Best Original Song for the 89th Academy Awards.

Correction: The original version of this story said that Miranda won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go.” Miranda was nominated, but the song lost to “City of Stars” from La La Land.