Lin-Manuel Miranda may create Disney’s first Latina princess
It is now conceivable that the porcelain princesses Cinderella, Snow White and the “Frozen” leading ladies could be dethroned — “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is in talks with Disney about co-writing an animated musical featuring a young Latina heroine.
Amid much debate about the lack of diverse lead roles in Hollywood, particularly in the animated genre, Miranda is talking to Disney about a follow-up to its 2016 smash hit “Moana.”
Miranda’s father, Luis, exclusively told Page Six, “He is talking to Disney about a sequel to ‘Moana,’ but the movie would be about a Latina princess.”
Miranda was a music co-writer on “Moana,” which boasted the monster hits “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome.”
Reps for Disney didn’t immediately get back to us.
Miranda is currently reprising his lead role in a much-anticipated restricted run of “Hamilton” in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to raise money for the people of the hurricane-devastated island.
His parents were born in Puerto Rico, moved to and met in New York, and raised their children in Washington Heights. The couple has maintained a strong connection to the island and has a home there.
Paramount, meanwhile, is gearing up for the August release of a “Dora the Explorer” movie.
Back in 2016, film and culture critic Monica Castillo wrote in a New York Times opinion piece, “There are many nonwhite women and girls who don’t see movie characters who look the way they do, and the omission can affect their self-esteem . . . ‘Moana’ is another step in the right direction.”
Castillo traces “the evolving arc of Disney princesses,” noting that 2009 gave us Tiana, a black entrepreneur, in “The Princess and the Frog.”
But, she adds, for all that progress, “there are many still waiting for a ‘Moana’ to call their own, a movie to pass on to their children that speaks to them about their culture.”