Lin-Manuel Miranda may have become a household name through his Broadway hit about Alexander Hamilton’s life, but his Broadway debut inspired by his own upbringing in New York City’s “barrio” of Washington Heights is coming to the big screen in summer 2020.
Miranda has just dropped the first trailer for the In the Heights musical movie. Indeed, the Tony-winning musical that made Lin-Manuel Miranda a household name—at least in Broadway enthused households—is about to make the jump to the big screen, and with it comes an aesthetic that at once feels familiar in terms of Hollywood gloss, and yet refreshingly vital and new.
After all, this is a story about protecting the Latin heritage at the top of Manhattan in the face of gentrification—and the place where Miranda grew up.
The story chronicles Usnavi, played by Anthony Ramos, a bodega owner with big dreams of moving to the Dominican Republic to start a new life. Ramos appeared in the original Broadway production.
The film is directed by Jon M. Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians.
Check out the first official trailer in the video above.
The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… In the Heights.
Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
In the Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
Watch the In the Heights trailer below:
In theaters on June 26, 2020.
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