In The Heights is just the film to shake us out of our lockdown funk, and at the end of this month Jon M. Chu and Lin-Manuel Miranda bring the hit stage show to the big screen. Today we present interviews with the director and many of the cast for what is sure to be one of the films of the year. You can read our ecstatic review right here.
The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and only Mr. Jimmy Smits. John M. Chu directs the film from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes; based on the musical stage play, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and concept by Miranda. Phoebe Winter and Kate Donaghy are the interviewers.
The film has a June 18th US release and will arrive in the UK on the 25th of June.
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.