No one can stop Lin-Manuel Miranda. (The man won’t stop… get it?) First, his smash hit Hamilton was filmed with the original Broadway cast and released on Disney + last summer, and now his hit musical In The Heights (which aired on Broadway over three years, it was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards and won four) has been adapted into a feature film! After going through development issues, the movie is finally on its way to the big screen.
In The Heights (the movie) stars Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, and Olga Merediz and is directed by Jon M. Chu. It features music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also co-produces. Scripted by Quiara Alegría Hudes, the film stars Ramos as Usnavi, a winery owner who dreams of a better life and has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting money.
The musical adaptation will open in theaters and on HBO Max on June 11, 2021 (and Anthony Ramos has ideas about which release option to choose), and critics have started sharing their thoughts on the film on social media.