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In The Heights 2020 movie cast announced by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda has announced the cast for the film adaption of In The Heights.


A big screen version of his Tony and Olivier award-winning musical will hit screens in 2020.

Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, A Star is Born) will star as Usnavi with Corey Hawkins (Six Degrees of Separation) as Benny, Melissa Barrera (Vida) as Vanessa and singer-songwriter Leslie Grace as Nina.

Further casting includes Daphne Rubin-Vega as Daniela, Stephanie Beatriz as Carla and Dascha Polanco as Cuca.

They join Olga Merediz as Abuela Claudia, Jimmy Smits as Kevin Rosario, and Gregory Diaz IV as Sonny.

Miranda tweeted: “*taps ?* And now, I’m thrilled to announce some of the cast of our In The Heights film… @ARamosofficial IS Usnavi @MelissaBarreraM IS Vanessa #CoreyHawkins IS Benny @lesliegrace IS Nina Rosario

“We film this summer. Uptown. Right here In The Heights. …More soon!”

Jon M. Chu will direct the film adaption, which is due for release on June 26, 2020.

Set in New York’s largely Hispanic-American neighbourhood of Washington Heights, the musical follows a number of residents over the course of three days as they discover what it means to be home.

In the Heights first premiered in 2005 before transferring Off-Broadway and eventually to Broadway in 2008.

A West End production played the King’s Cross Theatre between 2015 and 2017, picking up a trio of Olivier awards.

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