Lin-Manuel Miranda — who you might know from one episode of The Sopranos, or maybe that Hamilton thing that everyone on Twitter keeps raving about — is working his way up the Disney totem pole. In 2012, he had a tiny role in the hilariously tragic (or is it tragically hilarious?) The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Miranda followed that up by providing a song (“Jabba Flow”) to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s no Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, but “Jabba” went over well enough that Disney tapped him to write music for Moana and star in Mary Poppins Returns (which, weirdly, he isn’t composing original tunes for — that’s like asking a famous chef to pick up McDonald’s).
Neither of those films are out yet, but according to Deadline, Disney has already paired Miranda “with iconic songwriter Alan Menken for a live action feature adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid.” (Disney’s The Little Mermaid shouldn’t be confused with Universal’s The Little Mermaid, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz.) They’ll write the music together.
Miranda is a huge Little Mermaid fan — he named his son Sebastian (poor kid could’ve been Flounder) — and told Entertainment Weekly that it’s “the movie that’s probably most responsible for me being here.” So it must be a treat for him to work alongside Menken, who composed the music for the original. (His long-time collaborator Howard Ashman unfortunately passed away in 1991.)
No star has been announced as Ariel yet, so let’s give it to Channing Tatum.
We know he can sing.