This New Film From The 'Hamilton' Creator Looks Just Like 'Step Up'
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Take Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Add Anthony Ramos (A Star Is Born, Hamilton). Throw in a load of killer flash mob-style choreography, a stellar cast and several spurting fire hydrants for good measure.
What do you have? In The Heights, a movie based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, released before the colossal success of Hamilton.
With its epic street dance sequences and big-name performances, it has the feel of a noughties Jennifer Lopez music video translated to the big screen, and promises to be the summer movie musical smash of 2020.
Plus, it's directed by Jon M. Chu, the man behind movies like Step Up 2: The Streets and Crazy Rich Asians.
So, for Step Up fans desperate for another instalment of the franchise, In The Heights may well satisfy those cravings.
What's the story?
Set in a predominantly Hispanic community, the action takes place over three days and follows lead character Usnavi (Ramos), a bodega owner living in New York's Washington Heights.
He dreams of relocating to the Dominican Republic using money inherited from his grandmother, but is preoccupied with the challenges of running his store.
"It's a story of a block that was disappearing," Usnavi tells a group of children in the trailer. "In the barrio of Washington Heights, the streets were made of music."
These streets, Usnavi tells us, are "made of music" and you "can't move without bumping into someone's big plan". Themes of immigration, identity and sacrifice play out in a neighbourhood of dreamers and dancers.
And today's all we got
So we cannot stop
This is our block...#InTheHeightsMovie #Summer2020 pic.twitter.com/adaGkbM6zW
- Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 12, 2019
Accompanying Ramos in Washington Heights is a cast including names like Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Leslie Grace, Olga Merediz, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
Quiara Alegria Hudes and Marc Klein are the co-writers behind the screenplay.
Given that Miranda's original musical won four Tony Awards - including Best Musical - there are big expectations for the screen adaptation.
As to the release, Warner Bros. will release In the Heights on June 26, 2020.
Time to kick a fire hydrant into full flow and break out those moves, people.