Lin-Manuel Miranda debuted a new In the Heights trailer at the 2021 Academy Awards. The new footage of Jon M. Chu’s big-screen adaptation has made its way online, and, like the previous trailers before it, promises a magical experience full of stunning choreography, and exciting musical numbers.
In the Heights was originally scheduled for a 2020 and June 18 release, but will now be released on HBO Max on June 11. The last release date pitted the film against Disney-Pixar’s newest animated film Luca, while its new release date sets Chu’s musical as counter-programming to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
Based on Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s award-winning Broadway musical of the same name In the Heights 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 also star.
The story 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) directed the adaptation from a script penned by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Hamilton) with Miranda, who starred in and wrote the music and lyrics to the Broadway musical, serving as producer alongside Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs and Scott Sanders.
Check out the new In the Heights trailer below: