BREAKING: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace Will Lead IN THE HEIGHTS FILM; Set For 2020 Release
Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter to announce the leads for the highly anticipated film adaptation of In The Heights! Anthony Ramos will star as Usnavi, Melissa Barerra as Vanessa, Corey Hawkins as Benny, and Leslie Grace as Nina. Earlier today it was announced that Jimmy Smits is in talks to play Nina's father, Kevin.
The film is set for a 2020 release and will film uptown this summer. This past spring, Ramos played Usnavi in the Kennedy Center production of "In the Heights."
In The Heights Movie Cast
Anthony Ramos was most recently seen on screen opposite Lady Gaga in A Star is Born. He created the roles of John Laurens and Philip in the original Broadway company of Hamilton. He's a graduate of AMDA. His upcoming film projects include Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Honest Thief, and Trolls World Tour.
Melissa Barerra is a Mexican actress and singer, best known for the telenovelas La Mujer de Judas and La Otra Cara Del Alma. She studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where she appeared in musicals such as Sweet Charity.
Corey Hawkins is best known for his roles in The Walking Dead, 24: Legacy, and his portrayal of Dr. Dre in the film Straight Outta Compton. He has appeared on Broadway in Six Degrees of Separation for which he received a Tony Award nomination, as well as Romeo and Juliet. He has also performed on stages for Roundabout Theatre Company and Signature Theatre.
Leslie Grace is a singer/songwriter. Her mainstream debut hit "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" was a bilingual cover of the hit Shirelles song. She has charted on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart, and the Latin Airplay charts. She has a distribution deal with Sony Music Latin and Sony/ATV.
In the Heights will hit theaters on June 26, 2020, released by Warner Bros., who picked up the movie last month after a heated bidding war following the rights' release from The Weinstein Co. The film's script will be written by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct the movie-musical. Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs and Scott Sanders are set to produce.
The Tony Award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS features music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The show opened on Broadway production in March 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and was also nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.