“Life is like a hurricane,
with Lin – Manuel!”
You did not read that wrong people! Disney XD confirmed today that not only has the ever-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda joined the cast of Ducktales; but he’s joining as one of our all time favorite characters: Gizmoduck! According to Executive producer Matt Youngberg:
“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!’”
Now for those who don’t remember, Gizmoduck was the armored suit wearing alter ego of Fenton Crackshell, Scrooge’s Accountant. Though in this reboot, Fenton will be an assistant/intern working for Gyro Gearloose – Scrooge’s scientist. As for whether or not Gizmoduck will help cause other Duck-tastic reboots (i.e.: his occasional appearance in Darkwing Duck) remains to be seen.
All we know for sure at the moment is that this DuckTales reboot seems to be knocking it out of the park with every one of their casting decisions. Even their art style is growing on me as the new Gizmosuit looks great! And in keeping with the hints at added depth to this series, Co-producer/ story editor Francisco Angones went on to say:
“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, Matt and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt ‘DuckTales” marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”
Blathering Blatherskite, I’m excited for this series! What are you looking forward to most?
*images from Larry Busacca/ Getty Images Portrait for Tony Awards Productions & Disney XD Press Release
Joe primarily covers video games news (i.e.: Pokemon, Spyro & Destiny) as well as the occasional ‘Theory Thursday’ pieces. Before writing for FanFest, Joe was the Creator & Editor of TheInsightfulPanda.com. He is also an illustrator and is currently working on Season 3 of his not-for-profit, fan-art crossover series PokéRangers on Instagram.