Warner Bros. Gives In the Heights New Summer 2021 Release Date
Warner Bros. has given a new release date for Jon M. Chu’s musical drama In the Heights, which is now set to debut on June 18, 2021. The movie is currently set to open against an untitled Pixar animated 3D movie from Disney.
Warner Bros.’ upcoming In the Heights film adaptation is based on Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Alongside Miranda, 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. Broadway star Daphne Rubin-Vega, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz, and Orange Is the New Black‘s Dascha Polanco will also star.
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.