WATCH: Dwayne Johnson and Lin-Manuel Miranda Team Up on a Musical Mockumentary
The actors take on a project about the millennial generation
In case you haven’t heard, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, this year’s Sexiest Man Alive, can really sing! Now that fans will get to see his performance in the new Disney movie Moana, Johnson’s taken his talent to the next level: producing his own YouTube musical.
Johnson and Hamilton creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda (who penned the songs for Moana) teamed up on the tongue-in-cheek project, titled Millennials: The Musical. The full show will be released on Johnson’s YouTube page on Nov. 29, but to whet fans’ appetites, Johnson released a mockumentary giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Millennials.
“Lin and I had so much fun making Moana that we decided to produce our own Broadway show,” Johnson says in the clip, above.
“Obviously Dwayne and I are very busy in our respective fields,” says Miranda. Adds Johnson, “We have a team of scientists looking into slowing the rotation of the earth so we can film an extra movie when we’re ready. We’re serious about that.”
The show-within-a-show follows the play that Miranda and Johnson say was pitched to them on Twitter via direct message by a young artist Miranda suggests is “the voice of a generation.”
The show’s millennial director, Michael Palomar, played by Jack Jordan Norman, doesn’t seem too keen to dispel the reputation of his generation. “People think that we’re a bunch of over-stressed, whiny cry-babies yearning for validation,” he says, and proceeds to drive his staff crazy with his flippant antics, like making insurmountable changes to the play one week before opening night.
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The musical is produced by the digital arm of Seven Bucks Productions, the company founded by Johnson and Dany Garcia, and named for the amount of money the actor had in his bank account before he made it big.
So what’s it like for Johnson and Miranda working on a musical about millennials with millennials? You’ll have to watch to find out, but let’s just say they’re surprisingly calm about it.
“There are very few things that are greater than bringing to life a story of a marginalized group of people,” Johnson jokes. “Like, um, millennials.”