8th May 2021
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Vivo: The New Lin Manuel Miranda Project Coming To Netflix

Vivo: The New Lin Manuel Miranda Project Coming To Netflix TheatreArtLife
By Michelle Sciarrotta

Vivo, Sony Pictures Animation’s first-ever musical adventure featuring all-new original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, has released a new teaser and details of the film.

Directed by Kirk DeMicco and Brandon Jeffords, the film is written by Quiara Alegría Hudes with a score by Alex Lacamoire. The film in both produced by Sony, and is also confirmed to be in partnership with Netflix, although the release date is yet to be announced.

The story

The initial synopsis explains that Vivo is a musically gifted kinkajou honey bear. Vivo leaves on a quest from Havana to Miami in order to deliver a love song. Vivo is voiced by Miranda, while Vivo’s owner Andrés is voiced by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez. Although they don’t speak the same language, they communicate with one another through music.

“When tragedy strikes shortly after Andrés receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval (Gloria Estefan), inviting her old partner to her farewell concert in Miami with the hope of reconnecting, it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to Marta, written long ago, in the form of a song. Yet in order to get to the distant shores of Miami, Vivo will need to accept the help of Gabi (Ynairaly Simo) an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum.”

The cast

So far, the following actors have been announced in the Vivo film:

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo
  • Ynairaly Simo as Gabi
  • Zoe Saldana as Rosa
  • Juan de Marcos Gonzalez as Andrés
  • Michael Rooker as Lutador
  • Gloria Estefan as Marta Sandoval

Other voice actors with unreleased characters feature a much-loved collective that includes: Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, Leslie David Baker, Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo, Lidya Jewett, and Eileen Galindo.

Lin-Manuel said of the project:

“Bringing Vivo to life has been an incredible artistic journey. I couldn’t ask for better creative partners than Kirk, Quiara, Alex and the entire team at Sony Animation. I’m so excited Vivo will have a home at Netflix, where kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the film’s songs and adventures again and again.”

While Sony Pictures Animation President Kristine Belson said:

“We are thrilled to once again be working with our friends at Netflix to ensure that Vivo, a film that we love so much, can be released and enjoyed by millions around the globe in the near future. We congratulate the incredible team behind Vivo, a movie about family, friendship, new beginnings, and the power of song. We can’t wait to share this unforgettable musical journey.”

The anticipation for Miranda’s newest project comes in the midst of an already exciting time as the world awaits the imminent release of In The Heights, which is due for its film release this June, just a matter of weeks away.

Following a tricky year for the Arts, it’s wonderful to eagerly await the next projects coming soon from Miranda (The Little Mermaid is also in the works as well as a new Disney animation film, Encanto) and it certainly feels like things are looking up thanks to Lin-Manuel.


Lin Manuel Miranda Website

Lin Manuel on Twitter

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