Jameela Jamil said she’s “thrilled” to be part of Disney’s Indian-inspired series, Mira, Royal Detective, “with a smart girl as the only lead”.
The show is a mystery-adventure series set in fictitious Jalpur, where Mira helps the prince to save the kingdom.
Ex-T4 and Radio 1 presenter Jameela has been building waves playing Tahani Al-Jamil in Netflix’s Good Place, which is now in its third season.
Mira, Royal Detective, will beginning on Disney Junior channels in 2020.
The lead character will be vocalize by newcomer Leela Ladnier, while Jameela will play Mira’s Auntie Pushpa.
#MiraRoyalDetective is a new series coming to #DisneyJunior in 2020! It's the story of a young girl who's smart, resourceful & has a knack for solving mysteries! 🔍 Some of the cast include #LeelaLadnier, @BecauseImFreida, @HannahSimone, @jameelajamil & @kalpenn to name a few. pic.twitter.com/ytGv4hmDmA
— Disney Junior (@DisneyJunior) November 29, 2018
Freida Pinto also joins the launch and will voice Queen Shanti alongside New Girl’s Hannah Simone, who will paint a young commoner named Pinky.
“We are eager to introduce kids and their families to the rich, various cultures and ceremony of India through Mira,” say Joe D’Ambrosia, Disney Junior’s senior vice president of original programming.
“We hope that she will encourage our audience to actively engage with the motivate world around them, and admire the little details that make life extraordinary.”
Disney’s devotion to representing various cultures can be traced back to the 90s with films like Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan and its last traditionally animated film, The Princess and the Frog.
Its most up to the minute success, 2017’s Coco, was inspired by the vibrant Mexican Day of the Dead holiday.
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As well as winning awards counting an Oscar and Bafta, it was also highly praised for its respectful portrayal of Mexican culture, mirror in its all Latino-cast .
Mira, Royal Detective is one of many of Disney Junior shows representing various cultures.
In 2016 the network introduced Elena of Avalor, a Latin folklore-inspired animated succession about a teen princess in an enchanted fairytale kingdom.
The show further took home a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding launch.