Lin-Manuel Miranda Says In the Heights Movie to Begin Shooting This Spring

News   Lin-Manuel Miranda Says In the Heights Movie to Begin Shooting This Spring He likely won’t play Usnavi, but may appear in another role.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and company in In The Heights.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and company in In The Heights. Joan Marcus

In a wide-ranging interview with Variety, Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed, among other things, that the long-shelved film adaptation of his 2008 musical In the Heights is back in play.

In addition to widely publicized work as a composer on the Disney film Moana and in one scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and as an actor on the forthcoming Disney sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, Miranda is “working on two films with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes: an untitled project and In the Heights, which Hudes (who wrote the musical’s book) is adapting for the screen.”

As with Hamilton, Miranda played the lead in In the Heights. Variety reports that will not likely be the case with the film version: “Miranda will probably try to make it back to New York to shoot a role in In the Heights—produced by the Weinstein Co. (with Broadway regular Scott Sanders) and directed by Jon M. Chu—which aims to begin production in the spring. Miranda won’t play Usnavi, the central character he originated onstage, but the filmmakers are hoping to get him into another role, either pre-existing or newly written for the film.”

No further details were reported.

As previously reported, In the Heights had been optioned by Universal Pictures in 2011, but the company dropped the option when they couldn't get the unnamed Latino star they wanted.

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