Hamilton star Phillipa Soo joins Disney's 'Moana'
Lin-Manuel Miranda penned new songs for the Disney animated feature.
Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda are back together again, and they’re not even apart yet.
Soo, who currently stars in Broadway’s Hamilton as Eliza Schuyler, the devoted wife of Miranda’s Alexander Hamilton, has joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming animated feature Moana, for which Miranda has been at work penning new music.
EW has learned that Soo will be playing a villager of Motunui, Moana’s home island.
The movie will mark Soo’s first animated voiceover role; her screen credits include Richard LaGravenese’s Dangerous Liaisons and a brief recurring role on NBC’s Smash. Hamilton, which earned her a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, is the Juilliard-trained actress’ Broadway debut. Soo is also one of the original stars of the Off Broadway smash, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.
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Moana stars newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as an adventurous teenager in the South Pacific who embarks on a mission across the ocean to prove herself a master navigator and save her people, accompanied by a once-mighty demigod named Maui (Dwayne Johnson). Somewhere between the waves and the monsters, Moana fulfills the quest of her ancestors — and sings a few Miranda tunes in the process.
The film is described as “a sweeping, CG-animated feature film” and comes from directors Ron Clements and John Musker, who famously wrote and directed Disney classics like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and most recently, The Princess and the Frog. Miranda is working on the film’s music along with Opetaia Foaʻi and Mark Mancina.
Moana sails into theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.