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19 December 2019 06:34

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Lin-Manuel Miranda secretly wrote music for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

American composer Lin-Manuel Miranda thanked Malaysian student Lisa Nur Marini Mohd Kamal on Twitter. KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — Malaysian geoscience student who took social media by storm with her inspiring graduation keynote speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) has received an acknowledgment from renowned composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the video, Lisa Nur Marini Mohd Kamal kicked off her speech with her own rendition of Hamilton, an award-winning Broadway musical written and composed by Miranda. "Raise a glass to freedom. Raise a glass to all of us.

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Lisa then opened up about the challenges she faced throughout her studies and said listening to the Hamilton soundtrack became a coping mechanism to get through the day. Shortly after a video clip of her speech started making rounds on social media, the Academy Award nominee took to tweeter to acknowledge Lisa's homage to him with a thank you note. "Mira, Lisa, No me preocupo por ella, thank you, (Look, Lisa, I'm not worried about this girl)," Miranda tweeted in Spanish. In response to Miranda's tweet, Lisa replied by posting a photo of her and her friends inside the theatre where Hamilton was being staged in Chicago. Lisa Nur Marini Mohd Kamal's reply to Lin-Manuel Miranda's tweet.

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— Picture via Twitter/Lin_Manuel However, despite the challenges Lisa faced throughout her time at the university, she managed to build an impressive portfolio by receiving multiple awards and recognitions. The clip of Lisa's speech has been viewed over 268,000 times since it was uploaded on YouTube on Monday. Lin-Manuel Miranda has a lot going on in 2019. He's writing music for the live-action Little Mermaid movie. The trailer for his musical In the Heights has dropped.

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And now he's revealed he also worked on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Lin-Manuel Miranda | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) The Rise of Skywalker had its premiere on Monday, December 16 and screened for press on Tuesday, December 17. Some viewers spotted Lin-Manuel Miranda's name in the credits. The full credits are not available online yet, but some Twitter users asked Miranda about his role in the film and he confirmed it. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens Friday, December 20 with Thursday night preview shows the 19th.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's history with 'Star Wars' Back in 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote music for J.J. Abrams' previous Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. The Mos Eisley cantina in Episode IV: A New Hope set the scene for all the various creatures Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) would encounter in a galaxy far, far away. Miranda got to do his own take on a "wretched hive of scum and villainy." And he did this while he was still performing in Hamilton. JJ is the best. Can't wait to see.

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 1, 2015 "Worked on it between 6pm & 7:30 on 2 show days for the past 2 months," Miranda tweeted in 2015. "JJ is the best. Can't wait to see." Speculation has abounded that Lin-Manuel Miranda would appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Since Daniel Craig and Princes William and Harry played Storm Troopers, many suspected Miranda might have another such hidden cameo. Miranda revealed that his role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is not in front of the camera. It is behind the scenes, writing music again. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a different sort of music for 'The Rise of Skywalker' Lin-Manuel Miranda's score for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wasn't cantina music. He teased where you can hear his new music, and even he hasn't seen the final film yet. NOW IT CAN BE [email protected] & I wrote a lil music for a planet in #TheRiseOfSkywalker pic.twitter.com/vKuoNtYgkw — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 17, 2019 "NOW IT CAN BE TOLD??" Miranda tweeted. "@jjabrams & I wrote a lil music for a planet in #TheRiseofSkywalker. It's got a nice beat & you can dance to it. Where to listen for music in 'The Rise of Skywalker' John Williams still composed the score for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as he has for all the previous live-action films except for Rogue One and Solo You'll definitely recognize Williams' sound. Many of the classic Star Wars themes appear in The Rise of Skywalker like the Empire theme, the opening crawl and of course the end titles. New music still sounds utterly John Williams. Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. So where could Lin-Manuel Miranda's music be? Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) visit a massive street festival on one planet. There are so many intergalactic cultures in that, perhaps Miranda provided some of his musical background for some of those new sounds. Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) | Lucasfilm/Disney The Rise of Skywalker also travels to new environments in the galaxy far, far away. Maybe after The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters, Lin-Manuel Miranda will reveal which scene features his music. After a fan spotted Lin's name in the music credits of Rise of Skywalker, he confirmed the news on Twitter that he and J.J. once again collaborated. He didn't say much about the composition, simply saying that it was for "a planet" and that you can dance to it. In a "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" film credit far, far away … lives Lin-Manuel Miranda's name. Miranda retweeted the post before explaining that he did indeed compose a song for the new movie. "Now it can be told??" writes the 39-year-old Miranda, explaining that he and director J.J. Abrams, 53, "wrote a lil music for a planet" in the film. "It's got a nice beat & you can dance to it. Can't wait to see it this weekend!" Miranda doesn't specify which track he co-wrote. This isn't the first time Miranda has written for the "Star Wars" franchise: He contributed music for a scene in 2015's "The Force Awakens," after a chance meeting with Abrams — who says that "The Rise of Skywalker" is his last "Star Wars" film. "The Rise of Skywalker" officially premieres Thursday, and early reviews say the film, which wraps up the decades-long Skywalker saga, is "a lot." The Tony-winning playwright has also been in headlines this month for his upcoming "In the Heights" film adaption, since the trailer dropped. We cannot lie — when we saw the trailer to Lin-Manuel Miranda's new film In The Heights, we got some serious chills. The singing, the dancing and the set design all captivated us, leaving us anxious in our seats, itching to see the film. In The Heights is set to portray Latinxers everywhere in a way we rarely get to see on film (or in Hollywood, in general). For those who haven't had the chance to see the Broadway version, the film will follow the story of a bodega owner who is facing a crossroads in terms of their future and everything that transpires along the way to making that fateful decision. The amazing team that helped bring this film to life (Lin-Manuel included) gathered some big time heavy hitters to make this film truly special.