Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” comes out on HBO Max this Thursday and in theaters on Friday but today, you can see the first eight minutes for free!
Actual genius Lin-Manuel Miranda’s much-anticipated musical movie In the Heights comes out this week on both HBO Max and in theaters, but today, Miranda announced the release of the first eight minutes. Because he loves us and wants us to be happy.
In the Heights is the film version of Miranda’s 2008 multiple Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. The film features Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda himself along with Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Corey Hawkins, and others. The musical is about the predominately Latin neighborhood of Washington Heights in NYC.
In the opening number, Usnavi De La Vega, played by Ramos, raps introductions of himself and the neighborhood. You might recognize him as he was also part of the original cast of Hamilton.
Olga Merediz stars as Abuela Claudia, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Daniela, Stephanie Beatriz as Carla, Dascha Polanco as Cuca, Gregory Diaz IV as Sonny, Marc Anthony as Sonny’s father, Jimmy Smits as Kevin Rosario, and Noah Catala as Graffiti Pete. Miranda, who produced the film and wrote an original new song, plays Piraguero, a Washington Heights local who sells flavored ice.
And then @jonmchu said, "Let's give 'em the whole opening number." 👀
PLEASE. If you have the presence of mind:
Film your reaction, click the link and TURN THE SOUND UP.
Love y'all. Paciencia y fe…-LMM #InTheHeightsMovie https://t.co/YlJfuNQu2O https://t.co/yN0xnPRuPA
— IN THE FRIGHTS, Disney's ESPANTO, tick tick…BOO! (@Lin_Manuel) June 7, 2021
“It’s going to be Washington Heights that is going to show the world how to get up again,” says the film’s director Jon M. Chu as he addressed the audience ahead of a special preview screening of the movie. “Because it showed me how to get up again.” Chu also directed 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians so you know this movie will be a hit.
Chu took to Twitter to share his joy over the film being released this week along with some “fun facts” about creating it.
Fun Facts about the opening number: it took us the whole shooting schedule to complete the opening number because there were so many people and places to gather for it. #InTheHeightsMovie #June10 #extendedOpening
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 7, 2021
Fun fact 2: the night before shooting the last piece of the opening I ran into @LSalgadoART in the Subway. 12 years earlier He was was the person who brought me to watch #inTheHeights on Bc he was an Original cast member! So I asked him to come 2our set the next day &be in it! pic.twitter.com/uexY1Eb1RT— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 7, 2021
Fun fact: there are some REAL Washington Heights community members doing their real jobs in the opening number.— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 7, 2021
Fun fact: @Lin_Manuel is a genius And the kindest human being who loves, LOVES other people. @quiarahudes is a genius and not only kind but makes everything around her calm &confident. She is full of love. Meet your heroes everybody! There are good successful people in this world— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 7, 2021
When it comes to a possible sequel, Leslie Grace, who plays Nina Rosario in her acting debut, gives us hope that the film won’t be a one-and-done sort of deal. “One thing is for sure. We’re all signed up for that. We are ready and waiting in line, even if it takes 20 more years like it took for the first one.”
The film debuts in theaters this Friday, June 11, and will begin streaming on HBO Max on June 10th where users will have access for 30 days.