Everything to know about Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights' movie

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Filming is already underway for the highly anticipated In the Heights movie. The project is a film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical of the same name, and it centers around a bodega owner living in Washington Heights, New York.  

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The movie started filming in the neighborhood in early June, and it will be directed by Jon M. Chu. The cast and crew have already been sharing updates and posts about the upcoming film--and so many incredible Latino stars have been announced as being involved with the project. Stars like Marc AnthonyLeslie GraceDascha Polanco, and Hamilton's Anthony Ramos are part of the cast, so it's already looking promising. The movie is slated for a June 26, 2020, theater release, and fans are already awaiting its arrival. 

The movie is based on the award-winning Broadway show.

The upcoming film of the American musical drama was written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and will be directed by Jon M. Chu. The film adaptation is based on the 2005 musical of the same name by Quiara and Lin-Manuel Miranda.


Marc Anthony has joined the movie's cast.

Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the big news on Thursday, June 6, that Marc Anthony would be joining the cast to play a new character, Sonny's father. "I'll give you a hint," Lin tweeted before releasing the news. "The character of Sonny's father does not sing in #InTheHeightsMovie (though the actor playing him is a fine singer, and criminally underrated as an actor)."


Anthony Ramos will be starring as the main character.

He will be playing the role of Usnavi de la Vega. The talented actor has previously starred in Netlfix's She's Gotta Have It, A Star Is Born, and Will & Grace. 

Anthony has worked with Lin-Manuel in the past.

He previously performed in the In the Heights Broadway musical. He then landed a role in Hamilton, which was also created by Lin-Manuel. The show opened off-Broadway in early 2015, and Anthony played the roles of John Laurens and Alexander Hamilton's son Philip Hamilton. 


Melissa Barrera will play the main character's love interest.

She will be starring as Usnavi de la Vega's love interest Vanessa. The actress has already been sharing photos to Instagram of herself with some of the cast at rehearsals for the musical. 

Leslie Grace also joined the project.

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The singer has already begun her transformation to play Nina. Her hair is super curly in this selfie, and she has been spotted filming in Washington Heights. She is already in full acting mode and shared a stunning selfie on Instagram, captioning it, "Call me Nina."


Washington Heights residents are part of the filming process.

Fans have been sharing photos and videos that they've captured of the actors filming all over Washington Heights. The neighborhood and its residents will serve as backdrops and extras for the film, giving it an added touch of authenticity. 

It was reported that Rita Moreno would be involved in the film.

It was reported that Rita Moreno would be involved in the film.

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There were various reports in 2018 that linked the legendary actress to the production, saying she might star in the film. She reportedly had been in talks to join the cast and was rumored to be taking on the role of matriarch Abuela Claudia. Her representative denied the reports, saying she was not attached to the movie. We hope that the rumors are true, though!

We can't wait to see the movie!!

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