Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals ‘Hamilton’ Movie Will Feature Original Broadway Cast
UPDATE: Walt Disney Studios confirmed via Twitter that the Hamilton movie featuring the original Broadway cast will be released on October 15, 2021. Following a theatrical run, the film will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the busiest men in show business. He is currently working on new music for Disney’s upcoming live-action Little Mermaid film. Additionally, he will make his directorial debut in with Netflix’s ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Andrew Garfield.
However, the mind behind the Moana soundtrack is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical. During a recent conversation with Variety, Miranda revealed that the 7th highest-grossing Broadway musical since 1982 is on its way to the big screen. Additionally, he revealed the movie will be made up of previously-filmed footage of the original Broadway cast’s run on stage. Hamilton‘s original director Thomas Kail (Fosse/Verdon) has reportedly taken this stage footage and turned it into a cinematic experience made for wide release. Check out the clip below:
Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about finding the right time to release the #Hamilton movie: “You all have that friend who brags, 'I saw that with the original cast.' We’re stealing that brag from everyone. You’re all gonna see it with the original cast" | Studio presented by @ItsOnATT pic.twitter.com/zum7otFexr
— Variety (@Variety) January 29, 2020
With no confirmed release date, Miranda says the film will come out “hopefully, sooner than later.” Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in the show’s original cast, shared his excitement regarding the big news on Twitter.
The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical obtained crossover success due to its soundtrack’s phenomenal success. The original cast’s album is certified 6 times platinum by the RIAA and has become the best-selling cast album of all time. The musical tells the story of the American-immigrant Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through music that draws heavily from hip hop, R&B, and traditional show tunes. Additionally, the show also incorporates color-conscious casting of non-white actors as the historic American figures.
The original Broadway cast for Hamilton includes Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Jonathan Groff as King George III, and Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson. Moreover, the original cast included Christopher Jackson, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Jasmine Cephas Jones.
A film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In The Heights, will be released on June 26, 2020. The film stars Anthony Ramos, Dascha Polano, Stephanie Beatriz, and Corey Hawkins.
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