Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for In the Heights, the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical.
The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Stephanie Beatriz.
Before Hamilton, Miranda brought In the Heights (written by Quiara Alegría Hudes) to Broadway in 2008, which was set over three days, involving an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. He wrote the music and lyrics for the play. In the Heights was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations, and won four. It’s also a Grammy winner for Best Musical Show Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
It didn’t take long for Hollywood to notice, and in November 2008, Universal Pictures announced plans to adapt the musical as a feature film for release in 2011. Kenny Ortega was set to direct the movie. However, the project stalled when Universal opted not to produce it due to budgetary concerns.
Skip ahead about five years later, and it was revealed that The Weinstein Co. had revived the project with a reported $15 million budget. No director had been attached, but Hudes was working on the screenplay. Now, after The Weinstein Co. folded and Warner Bros. won a huge bid for the rights, everything pushed full steam ahead with Jon M. Chu as the director. The film is due in theaters in June 2020.
Watch the trailer below:
Photo: Warner Bros
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