"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is scheduled to open in cinemas across North America Dec. 18.
In an appearance on the NBC-TV talk show "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon," "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams said that he collaborated with Miranda on music for an updated version of the iconic cantina scene from the very first "Star Wars" movie.
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Abrams shared more information Dec. 1 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He said the scene will take place in a "watering hole" on the planet of Takodana, run by alien pirate Maz Kanata (played via motion-capture by Broadway's Lupita Nyong’o). The alien customers will be created by the Disney-owned The Muppets Studio, whose predecessor, The Jim Henson Company, created both The Muppets and the Stars Wars character Yoda. Miranda has suppled the music they are dancing to in that scene
EW reported that Abrams felt "mesmerized by this juncture of Broadway, Star Wars, and the art of puppetry."
Miranda confirmed his work in a tweet early in the morning of Dec. 1.
Filled with exotic aliens from throughout the galaxy, the cantina scene in the 1977 original was based on the sound of Big Band music. Presumably, the updated version, which takes place 30 years later in the "Star Wars" universe, carries a bit more of the flavor of Miranda's music for In the Heights and Hamilton.
In his tweet, Miranda said: "Worked on it between 6pm & 7:30 on 2 show days for the past 2 months." See tweet below:
We did. Worked on it between 6pm & 7:30 on 2 show days for the past 2 months. JJ is the best. Can't wait to see. https://t.co/pPYu8nRsxI
Within hours of the announcement, fans of both the film and the musical began posting mash-ups. Click here to see the best of them.