Walt Disney Animation Studios recently released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming feature film Encanto. The film depicts the story of the Madrigals, a remarkable family who live in a magical, enchanting region known as an Encanto. Except for Mirabel, each child has been given a magical gift that is unique to them. Mirabel, on the other hand, may be the family’s sole hope when their home is endangered.
Actor John Leguizamo has also joined the voice cast, as recently announced. “I was so pumped to be asked to the party,” said Leguizamo. “Lin-Manuel [Miranda] wrote me a rap, and I flipped out! Plus, this is such a beautiful story set in Colombia. It’s a first in so many ways. The magic is enchanting, the comedy is so sharp, and the world created is irresistible.”
Bruno, Mirabel’s uncle who is given the power to glimpse into the future, is voiced by Leguizamo. Bruno’s candid, often pessimistic forecasts were not always well welcomed by the rest of the family, so he faded into obscurity, becoming the uncle no one remembers.
“Bruno is so compelling because he is that guy that never quite fits in,” said Leguizamo. “He’s an outsider, but he also understands the world better because he’s always wanted to belong to it.”
The voice cast also includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Alma aka Abuela; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín; and Diane Guererro and Jessica Darrow as Mirabel’s sisters, Isabela and Luisa. Also lending their voices are Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo as Mirabel’s aunt and uncle, Pepa and Félix; and Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Mirabel’s cousins Dolores, Camilo and Antonio.
The film is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed by Charise Castro Smith, and produced by Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino, and features all-new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film’s screenwriters are Bush and Castro Smith. During the early stages of the development of Encanto, the directors were highly inspired by their research trip to Colombia, as well as their ongoing collaboration with a group of professional advisors assembled throughout the course of the film’s production.
Encanto magically sparks into theaters on November 24, 2021.