Before Lin-Manuel Miranda was known for his Broadway hit Hamilton, he created the Tony-nominated In the Heights which ran on Broadway from 2008 to 2011.
The movie focuses on a mostly Hispanic neighborhood in New York City and centers around a bodega owner named Usnavi. We will see families of the Washington Heights neighborhood navigate love, success, gentrification and the rising rent that is threatening the community.
The movie will star Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, and Melissa Barrera. Direction this major production is Jon M. Chu, most known for directing Crazy Rich Asians.
“It’s a story of a block that was disappearing,” Ramos said at the trailer premier. “En el barrio of Washington Heights, the streets were made of music.”
Ramos is known for his work as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the original Broadway Hamilton. He has also released his first full-length album, The Good & The Bad, and has worked on Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It and in A Star Is Born.
Looking at the trailer, the movie will stick closely to the Broadway play. This means lavish musical numbers, grand productions and emotional moments. Miranda has based In the Heights off of his own experiences growing up in Washington Heights as the song of Puerto Rican immigrants.
Chu as could relate to the movie and told Entertainment Weekly:
“It reminded me of my family. I grew up in an immigrant family, and the fight to survive, the fight to dream and the right to dream, that was everything. That is the American story. When I saw the musical, it connected so much with me, and I said ‘I know how to make this movie.'”
In the Heights will hit theaters on June 26 and you can watch the first trailer here.