Now that Lin-Manuel Miranda has a Tony award to his name, he can finally turn his attention to his acting career.
The actor, who has previously been featured in the television series “CSI” and the television movie “In a Land of Plenty,” has been cast in “Encanto,” the forthcoming Chilean film about 1940s Chile.
But unlike his previous performances, Miranda will be playing himself, and the title role.
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According to “Encore” a Spanish-language news website, Miranda plays a young musician who ends up working for the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, and considers suicide after being arrested for his revolutionary activism.
Amir Elaouche plays the role of Andres, the writer and editor who helps Miranda’s character escape military custody and eventually takes him under his wing to become a playwright.
We hear Andres, who is eventually to become the Chilean President, favors a light-hearted approach, which is why the producers of the film went with the autobiographical title “Encanto.”
The film, which is set to be released later this year, will also feature the Hollywood stars Raúl Esparza and Selma Blair in leading roles. The film is directed by Julio Chavezmontes, who won the foreign film Oscar for “Conversaciones.”
As for the Broadway musical icon, he stated his acting chops in a statement released by the producer, Production Co. of Julio Chavezmontes.
“Being cast as the role of my own self in ‘Encanto’ is truly an incredible honor for me,” said Miranda. “I am beyond excited to share the secrets of my brain with Julio and the rest of the producers, and collaborate on this incredibly rich story of a magical time in Chilean history.”
“I am beyond excited to share the secrets of my brain with Julio and the rest of the producers, and collaborate on this incredibly rich story of a magical time in Chilean history.”
Lucas Coll N. Tamayo is a news reporter for Fox News Latino. Follow him on Twitter @Lucas_Reports
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