Last month, it was announced that the release of the In the Heights feature film will be moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on the 2008 Broadway musical written by original Broadway lead Lin-Manuel Miranda (music and lyrics) and Quiara Alegría Hudes (book), the film was initially slated to be released on June 26, 2020 in US cinemas. According to Variety, it has been officially postponed to June 18, 2021.
In a tweet, director John Chu said, “After long conversations & sleepless nights of uncertainty, we have decided the best time to release #InTheHeightsMovie is next summer when people will feel the MOST comfortable celebrating in a movie theater TOGETHER. I know it’s much later than we wanted but #InTheHeightsMovie didn’t take 10 years to get made only to be left in half empty theaters w/out the crowd it deserves!! So thank you 4 ur patience & faith…and when we get through this time & the movie comes out we are throwing a HUGE EFFING PARTY LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.”
#InTheHeightsMovie didn’t take 10 years to get made only to be left in half empty theaters w/out the crowd it deserves!! So thank you 4 ur patience & faith…and when we get through this time & the movie comes out we are throwing a HUGE EFFING PARTY LIKE YOUVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) April 21, 2020
The cast features Anthony Ramos (Usnavi), Corey Hawkins (Benny), Melissa Barrera (Vanessa), Leslie Grace (Nina Rosario), Stephanie Beatriz (Carla), Jimmy Smits (Kevin Rosario), Gregory Diaz IV (Sonny), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Daniela), Dascha Polanco (Cuca), Marc Anthony (Sonny’s father), Noah Catala (Graffiti Pete), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Piraguero), and Olga Merediz (Abuele Claudia). The screenplay is written by Hudes and Marc Klein.
In the Heights follows the story of Usnavi, a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The Broadway musical won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.