Lin-Manuel Miranda to play Piragua Guy in the In the Heights movie
Oscar nominee and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Mary Poppins Returns, His Dark Materials) has announced that he will be playing Piragua Guy in his In the Heights musical feature adaptation. The role was previously played by Eliseo Román in the Broadway production.
Warner Bros.’ upcoming In the Heights film adaptation is based on Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. The film stars Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, A Star is Born), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) and Golden Globe winner Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue), who will be playing the roles of Usnavi de la Vega, Benny and Kevin, respectively. Olga Merediz (The Place Beyond the Pines), Gregory Diaz (Broadway’s Matilda), Leslie Grace, and Melissa Barrera (Vida) also star alongside Marc Anthony.
In the Heights is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who is closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The musical won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct from a script written by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Hamilton). Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders will serve as producers on the project. Miranda portrayed the lead role of Usnavi in the Broadway musical, and also wrote the music and lyrics.
In the Heights will debut in theaters June 26, 2020.