A trailer for Disneyâ€™s upcoming animated musical film Encanto has dropped today (July 8), and we have a first look at the new music Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has composed for the movie.
Set in the mountains of Colombia, Encanto tells the colorful story of a magical family called the Madrigals. However, teenage protagonist Mirabel, voiced by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz, is the only non-magical child and has to cope with being just â€œordinary.â€ Yet danger lurks in the horizon to threaten her familyâ€™s magic, and she may be their only hope and savior.
One of Mirandaâ€™s new songs is featured in the trailer, and it characteristically blends folk-music elements with a bright beat easy to dance to, as well as lyrics vocalizing the filmâ€™s title and its setting in Colombia.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last November, Miranda discussed his anticipation of working for the film. â€œIt’s been so exciting because with Moana, it was the joy of my life, but I was the last guy hired. And with this, I’ve been in on the ground floor,â€ he said. â€œTo be in on the development of an original Disney musical is such a thrill.”
Aside from composing music for Moana (which landed him an Oscar nomination), Miranda was even featured as a special composer for and made a cameo appearance as a Resistance soldier in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He will also be co-writing and co-producing for the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
Encanto is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush and co-directed by Charise Castro Smith. The film will be released in theaters on November 24.