"He was our school bully", Miranda says about 39 minutes in to his conversation with Maron.
He is also set to star alongside Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. Creating, writing the music, writing the book, and starring in a single Broadway play is a herculean undertaking that necessitates enormous focus, but that Miranda was able to do this and come out the other side with a bona fide masterpiece called Hamilton is a superhuman feat.
"We're in super-early talks". Right now, it's the guy who wears the "don't mess it up" hat. "But that's sort of where we are". "I'm such a fan that I can't picture where I'd fit into that universe", he said. According to Miranda, his role at Disney is rapidly expanding, and the latest project on his growing to-do list is a secret animated film with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has kept himself busy since leaving the Hamilton stage this summer, in a large part by teaming up with Disney. Personally, I think he'd make a pretty good Sebastian - after all, he even named his son Sebastian partly as a tribute to that poor beleaguered sidekick.
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in March 2008. With Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards under his belt, Miranda only needs an Oscar to achieve the rare EGOT - a distinction held by two other Disney favorites: Frozen composer Robert Lopez and veteran composer Alan Menken. Animated films, especially ones at Disney, are in development for years before the public knows anything about them. But while he was bullied by him, Miranda still has love for the rapper.