In the Heights comes from the mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as his book-writing partner Quiara Alegría Hudes. John M Chu directs the film, which brings to life the theatre musical which took home four Tony Awards after its debut on Broadway. Express.co.uk breaks down everything there is to know about it.
When is In the Heights out in cinemas?
Unlike many other movies coming out at the moment, In the Heights was not delayed a great deal.
The movie was only delayed once, from June 2020 to June 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, it is being released on June 18, 2021 in the UK, but will be released on June 10 in the USA.
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Nina and Benny in In the Heights
What is In the Heights about?
The official synopsis reads: “Lights up on Washington Heights… The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community.
“At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
“In the Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.”
Nina and Benny in In the Heights
Who is in the cast of In the Heights?
Anthony Ramos plays the leading role of Usnavi De La Vega, a role originated on Broadway by Lin himself.
Instead, Lin will play Piraguero, the Piragua Guy – a small role with one solo song.
The rest of the film cast are not well known in Hollywood, except Brooklyn 99 star Stephanie Beatriz has a role as Carla, Marc Anthony, who plays Mr de la Vega in flashback scenes, and Anthony.
The other main characters Benny, Nina and Vanessa are played by Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace and Melissa Barrera.
The boys dancing in In the Heights
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Olga Merediz plays Abuela Claudia, the matriarch of Washington Heights, while Daphne Rubin-Vega plays Daniela and Gregory Diaz IV plays Sonny de la Vega.
Graffiti Pete is played by Noah Catala, Jimmy Smits is Kevin and Dascha Polanco is Cuca.
As well as that, some Christopher Jackson and Seth Stewart, who were also in the original Broadway cast, have cameo roles, as well as actor Patrick Page.
The screenplay has been written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, as was the original book, while John M Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians, is behind the camera helming the film.
Songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda will also feature in the film, while choreography has been created by Christopher Scott.
Is there a trailer for In the Heights?
There is a trailer, which shows the boiling hot corner of New York come to life as its residents take to the streets to sing about their dreams.
But not only are their dreams somewhat far away, but they also have to face issues relating to their socio-economic backgrounds and opportunities as they try to forge lives for themselves.
In the Heights is in cinemas on June 18
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