Atención! Anthony Ramos will lead the film adaptation of In the Heights. The Hamilton actor (who also memorably listened to “Yonkers” by Tyler, the Creator in A Star Is Born) will star as bodega owner Usnavi, alongside Melissa Barrera as Vanessa, Corey Hawkins as Benny, and Leslie Grace as Nina Rosario. Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the casting news on his Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Crazy Rich Asian’s Jon M. Chu will direct the movie adaptation of Miranda’s stage musical, with a script by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Warner Bros. won the bidding rights for the movie last May, after the rights to the material reverted to Miranda from the Weinstein Company amid exposés detailing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexually harassing and assaulting women in Hollywood.
In the Heights is set for release in June 2020.