‘DuckTales’ reboot adds Lin-Manuel Miranda to star-studded voice cast

Disney XD’s upcoming reboot of the animated series “DuckTales” has added another high-profile name to its cast: Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has signed on to voice Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, an intern for Scrooge McDuck’s personal mad scientist Gyro Gearloose. In his spare time Fenton also fights crime as the superhero Gizmoduck.

Co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones said in a statement, “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, [series developer Matt Youngberg] and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt ‘DuckTales” marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”

Youngberg added, “Lin came to mind instantly for the role of Gizmoduck. His rapid-fire earnestness paired with his wide-eyed yet determined optimism made him the perfect person to yell ‘BLATHERING BLATHERSKITE!’”

The “DuckTales” cast already features a wealth of famous names in its voice cast, including “Doctor Who” and “Broadchurch” alum David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck; “Saturday Night Live” star Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack; Emmy nominated comedian Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack; and Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as Scrooge’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.

The original “DuckTales” series aired in syndication for four seasons (1987-1990). It earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for Best Animated Program (1988-1999) and won Best Sound Editing in 1990. So this role also presents Miranda with an opportunity to add another Emmy to his crowded trophy case. The Daytime Emmy for Best Performer in an Animated Program has previously gone to a number of famous names, including Lily Tomlin (“The Magic School Bus,” 1995), Nathan Lane (“Timon and Pumbaa,” 1996; “Teacher’s Pet,” 2001) and Miranda’s “DuckTales” co-star David Tennant (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” 2013), to name a few.

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