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Is ‘Encanto 2’ Already Canceled? Disney Actress Weighs In

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When the animated movie¬†Encanto¬†premiered on Disney+ two years ago, Disney fans went wild for the movie’s stunning visual style, the endearing Uncle Bruno, and the now notoriously-addicting song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (not to mention other standout songs like “Surface Pressure” and “Dos Oruguitas”).

Stephanie Beatriz with her character Mirabel Madrigal from 'Encanto'.

Stephanie Beatriz with her character Mirabel Madrigal from ‘Encanto’. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

We Don’t Talk About the¬†Encanto¬†Sequel…

Disney clearly caught onto the demand and responded with a bevy of new plans for Encanto everything ranging from Encanto merchandise to Character Meet and Greets to an Encanto section of the Disney Parks.

Now, however, one actress from Encanto¬†has indicated that one of the most highly-anticipated Encanto¬†add-ons might not be happening, or at least probably won’t be happening for quite a while.

Stephanie Beatriz, who plays the main character Mirabel Madrigal, has revealed (in a new interview with The Wrap) that she won’t be reprising her role for an¬†Encanto¬†sequel anytime soon.

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Mirabel Madrigal is the protagonist from the animated Disney movie ‘Encanto. Credit: Disney

Abandoned for Zootopia?

“I would love to work with them again,” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine and In the Heights actress enthused when asked about Encanto directors Jared Bush and Byron Howard (whose names might look familiar from the¬†Zootopia and¬†Tangled credits, as well). “That team on that film was so incredible to work with.”

However, the actress (who actually sang her character Mirabel’s power ballad “Waiting on a Miracle” while she was literally about to give birth) also added that, to her knowledge, “a lot of [Jared Bush and Byron Howard‚Äôs] time right now is being taken up by other stuff.”

“I know Jared and I think Bryon too are working on the second Zootopia¬†right now,” she explained. “But I would love to work with them again.‚ÄĚ

encanto poster showing the family madrigal

The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by Mar√≠a Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gait√°n), Agust√≠n (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured). ‘Encanto’ is directed by Charise Castro Smith. Credit: movies.disney.com

The¬†Encanto¬†sequel was not actually confirmed by Disney, but since Disney leadership now refers to¬†Encanto¬†as a “franchise” and since we’ve seen the¬†Frozen¬†and¬†Incredibles¬†sequels do so well (not to mention the sequels from plenty of their predecessors), a sequel did seem likely until now.

As Disney Fanatics already know, movies and shows can often languish in production for many years without coming to viewers — and even more so when there’s an ongoing writers’ strike.

“I haven’t heard jack s‚Äďt”

The actress and mother did point out that “there‚Äôs a ton of story to be told and there‚Äôs so many people that would love to see that,” even though she “[hasn’t]¬† heard jack s‚Äďt.”

Hopefully, Stephanie Beatriz will get to return to the role of Mirabel Madrigal sooner rather than later!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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