Lin-Manuel Miranda hints at In the Heights delay

Lin-Manuel Miranda has hinted at a delay to his movie In the Heights by revealing he was still working on it when the coronavirus outbreak hit America. The Mary Poppins Returns star is in charge of the music in the movie musical, the film adaptation o…

Lin-Manuel Miranda has hinted at a delay to his movie In the Heights by revealing he was still working on it when the coronavirus outbreak hit America.

The Mary Poppins Returns star is in charge of the music in the movie musical, the film adaptation of his Broadway show, and was working on the score when U.S. citizens were advised to self-isolate to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

In a video interview with Rosie O’Donnell on a one-off revival show of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on Sunday night, Miranda revealed there was a lot of work left to be done on the movie, which was slated for a U.S. release on 26 June.

“We were literally recording the score when all of this started happening,” he explained. “There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.”

The Hamilton creator, who also stars in and is producing In the Heights, remained vague about whether the film would keep its current release date but made it clear his heart is set on it getting a theatrical run.

“I’m really hopeful that that’s something we all get to watch in the theatres together – when it’s time, and no sooner, to go out,” Miranda explained.

Most film and TV productions have shut down as a result of the outbreak due to social distancing measures instructing people to stay at home and avoid social contact with too many others.

Last week, Chris Meledandri, founder and chief executive of film and animation studio Illumination, revealed that animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru would no longer be released in July because his team are unable to continue working on the film.

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Ezra Miller joining forces with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on sci-fi musical

Ezra Miller is teaming with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on a sci-fi musical.The Justice League star and artist/actor Williams have formed a new production company, called MartyrLoserKin, via which they will develop Neptune Frost. Williams is s…

Ezra Miller is teaming with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on a sci-fi musical.

The Justice League star and artist/actor Williams have formed a new production company, called MartyrLoserKin, via which they will develop Neptune Frost. Williams is set to direct the project.

According to Deadline, the film will focus on an intersex African hacker, a miner, and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union

Neptune Frost will be the first offering from MartyrLoserKin, which Miller and Williams plan to use to “create and proliferate works that dismantle conventional cinematic ideological frameworks”.

“(Our projects will) synergistically naturalise into this industry more poetic, queer, explorative, anarchic, diverse, subversive, non-binary, aboriginal, environmental, ecological and esoterically conscious content that will speak to both the times in which we live and the forces that seek to restrict them,” they added in a statement.

The two collaborators will co-produce Neptune Frost, with Hamilton creator Miranda on board as an executive producer.

Pre-production is already underway in Rwanda.

The news comes as it was announced that Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton will be in cinemas across the world next year after producers landed a $75 million (£58 million) deal with Disney.

The film was shot in 2016, two weeks before the original cast left the Broadway show, and is based on three live performances.

Once Hamilton has had a cinematic release, it will then be added to the studio’s new streaming service, Disney+.

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Broadway’s Hamilton heading to cinemas

Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing his hit Broadway musical Hamilton to the big screen.The creator and former star of the stage production has revealed a filmed version of Hamilton has been optioned by Disney bosses and will be released in theatres in Octo…

Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing his hit Broadway musical Hamilton to the big screen.

The creator and former star of the stage production has revealed a filmed version of Hamilton has been optioned by Disney bosses and will be released in theatres in October 2021.

The 160-minute film, helmed by the show’s director Thomas Kail, was shot at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016, two weeks before the original cast left, and will combine footage from three live performances and “the best elements of live theatre and film”.

“I’m so proud of what Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of Hamilton – a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theatre,” Miranda said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible.”

Disney chief Bob Iger added, “Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theatre experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that Hamilton was hailed as an astonishing work of art.

“All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”

In addition to Miranda, who portrayed lead character Alexander Hamilton, America’s founding father, the film version of Hamilton features a cast that includes Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, and Renee Elise Goldsberry.

It’s not the only Miranda musical to get the movie treatment – the star has been working on recreating his In the Heights production as a new film. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the musical drama is due to open in cinemas this summer.

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Anthony Ramos almost quit acting before seeing In the Heights on Broadway

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manue…

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.

The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2008.

In an interview with People magazine, Ramos revealed his special connection to In the Heights.

“This show was the show I saw when I wanted to quit,” he said. “I remember my college was giving away tickets to this show, and it was closing and I hadn’t seen it yet. I went by myself and I sat in that seat, and it was the first time I saw a show where it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t only relate to these characters, I know them.'”

Of taking on the lead role of Usnavi, Ramos said he felt honoured to be portraying the character Miranda originated in the Broadway show.

“I felt a huge responsibility, but I also didn’t feel any pressure,” the 28-year-old added. “The fact that Lin trusted me with this role means more than you’ll ever know, bro. Ever.”

Ramos has known Miranda for years – he starred in the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Miranda’s musical Hamilton, alongside the man himself in the lead role, when it first opened Off-Broadway, and remained with the musical blockbuster when it opened on the Great White Way in 2015.

Last year, he played Lady Gaga’s best friend in A Star Is Born and lead the film Monsters and Men. He appeared in Godzilla: King of the Monsters earlier this year.

The trailer for In the Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, debuted online on Thursday. It is due to hit cinemas in June 2020.

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Andrew Garfield to star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut

Andrew Garfield is set to star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directorial debut on Netflix.The Hamilton creator is adapting Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical Off-Broadway show Tick, Tick…BOOM! for the streaming service and has cast the 36-year-old …

Andrew Garfield is set to star in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directorial debut on Netflix.

The Hamilton creator is adapting Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical Off-Broadway show Tick, Tick…BOOM! for the streaming service and has cast the 36-year-old as his leading man.

The original musical documented the young playwright’s early career as he struggled to make it in New York City and became anxious as he dealt with his impending 30th birthday.

Larson went on to write the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, but tragically suffered a fatal stroke at age 35 in 1996, three months before the Broadway premiere of the now-iconic show.

He won three posthumous Tony Awards for Rent, which followed the stories of a group of young artists living in New York under the shadow of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the show went on to become the 11th longest-running show in Broadway history.

Miranda is producing alongside Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Julie Oh.

Steven Levenson, who penned the hugely successful Broadway musical Dear Evan Hanson – and also wrote the critically-acclaimed TV show Fosse/Verdon starring Michelle Williams – is adapting the script from Larson’s original stage show.

Garfield recently finished filming Gia Coppola’s romantic drama Mainstream, and the Brit is currently in production on the upcoming big-screen biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye, in which he plays disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker alongside Jessica Chastain as his wife Tammy.

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Daveed Diggs in final talks for The Little Mermaid role – report

Daveed Diggs is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to join the line-up of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.According to editors at Variety, the Hamilton actor is the studio’s top choice for the role of Sebastian – the crab …

Daveed Diggs is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to join the line-up of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

According to editors at Variety, the Hamilton actor is the studio’s top choice for the role of Sebastian – the crab who is King Triton’s advisor – and will perform the iconic song Under the Sea, which appeared in the 1989 animated original.

The role was previously voiced by Samuel E. Wright.

Producers are currently casting for the flick, which begins production next year, with singer/actress Halle Bailey confirmed to play mermaid princess Ariel in the film.

Elsewhere, Javier Bardem is rumoured to be in talks to portray Triton, and Melissa McCarthy has long been linked to the part of sea witch Ursula.

Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay are also attached to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively, but director Rob Marshall is yet to settle on an actor to play Prince Eric.

Singer Harry Styles was previously in the running for the lead role, but ultimately decided to pass on the opportunity, with other young actors including Cameron Cuffe, Jonah Hauer-King, Christian Navarro, and Asher Angel among those to audition.

Diggs originated the parts of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the original production of Hamilton, winning both a Grammy Award and a Tony Award for his performance.

He has also appeared in films such as Wonder and Blindspotting, and will next be seen onscreen as Andre Layton in TV series Snowpiercer.

A release date for Marshall’s The Little Mermaid has not yet been announced.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda lived out stuntman dreams on Mary Poppins Returns

Actor/singer Lin-Manuel Miranda delighted in performing his own action scenes for Mary Poppins Returns because he had dreamed of becoming a stuntman as a child. The Hamilton creator portrays lamplighter Jack opposite Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppin…

Actor/singer Lin-Manuel Miranda delighted in performing his own action scenes for Mary Poppins Returns because he had dreamed of becoming a stuntman as a child.

The Hamilton creator portrays lamplighter Jack opposite Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppins in the sequel to the 1964 classic, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and Lin-Manuel couldn’t wait to pull off his various stunts while shooting around London.

“I wanted to be a stuntman when I was a kid, but when I was a kid I didn’t realise I’d be scared of getting hurt or going fast and (climbing) heights, but I got to sort of live out all my action movie dreams (on Mary Poppins Returns),” he smiled on U.S. show Good Morning America.

Joking about his stunt skills, he quipped “I think Jason Statham can sleep fine at night, knowing I’m not coming for his job, but I got to do all kinds of stunts I never would have ordinarily done otherwise.”

In addition to living out his stuntman dreams, Lin-Manuel reveals the entire Disney production felt “magical”, thanks to director Rob Marshall’s attention to detail.

“It’s both a lot of work and a dream come true,” he said of the filming process. “I remember Rob Marshall…, it was the first movie he ever saw when he was four years old… and he has such an air of ceremony about things that are special, and he sort of walked us onto (the set of) Cherry Tree Lane for the first time and had music playing. Like, he had the original music (from the 1964 film) playing while we walked on, so we were all like, (emotional).”

“Every day of work was magical…,” Lin-Manuel continued. “I can’t tell you how surreal (it was). One day you’re dancing with penguins and the next day you’re dancing with Meryl Streep, and then the next day you’re riding bikes down Buckingham Palace’s driveway, which is just (insane).”

Mary Poppins Returns, which also stars Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw, as well as a guest appearance by Dick Van Dyke, opens in theatres this week (ends21Dec18).

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Lin-Manuel Miranda used son as inspiration for Mary Poppins Returns character

Lin-Manuel Miranda used his son Sebastian as inspiration for his Mary Poppins Returns character Jack. The Hamilton creator plays lamplighter Jack alongside Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppins in the sequel to the 1964 original, which starred Julie And…

Lin-Manuel Miranda used his son Sebastian as inspiration for his Mary Poppins Returns character Jack.

The Hamilton creator plays lamplighter Jack alongside Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppins in the sequel to the 1964 original, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

To research Jack, a chipper, upbeat character who “finds the light in any situation”, Lin-Manuel had to look no further than his four-year-old son Sebastian, who was two at the time.

“(Jack’s) just very in touch with his inner child and inner wonder and I had a two-year-old son that was all the research I needed. Any time I needed inspiration I would watch him playing and there I was,” he told reporters at the film’s London premiere.

The Moana songwriter signed up for the role as soon as he was approached by director Rob Marshall, famed for movie musicals such as Chicago and Into the Woods, but admitted the part “took every bit of my brain to be able to live up to that incredible 1964 original”.

The first sequence he filmed was where Jack, Mary and the three new Banks children enter a world animated in an old-fashioned hand-drawn way, much like the sequence in the original.

“Rob Marshall did something incredible which is he brought back hand-drawn animation for the Walt Disney Company, they haven’t done it in years, and I’m so glad he insisted on it because it just feels right,” he smiled.

The 38-year-old, who also has 10-month-old son Francisco with wife Vanessa, added that the whole shoot was a “total blast” and he felt lucky to be part of a cast which also includes Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Ben Whishaw.

“Every day was sort of a surreal dream come true,” he gushed.

Mary Poppins Returns hits cinemas from 19 December (18).

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Cynthia Erivo to star as abolitionist Harriet Tubman in new biopic

Cynthia Erivo has landed the lead role in biopic Harriet, which will chronicle the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.The Tony Award-winner, who is garnering buzz for her role in Steve McQueen movie Widows, will begin filming Harriet in October (18) i…

Cynthia Erivo has landed the lead role in biopic Harriet, which will chronicle the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The Tony Award-winner, who is garnering buzz for her role in Steve McQueen movie Widows, will begin filming Harriet in October (18) in Virginia, alongside cast members Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters.

Rising star Erivo, who won a Tony, Grammy and Emmy for her starring role as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple, has been attached to the Harriet project since last year.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the British-Nigerian actress spoke about playing the American icon, admitting she is slightly daunted.

“I can’t say I’m not frightened,” the 31-year-old told the publication. “I am, but that’s probably a good thing.”

Harriet follows African-American icon Tubman’s escape from slavery in 1849 and subsequent missions to rescue dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

Kasi Lemmons of Eve’s Bayou fame will direct from a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard, alongside Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll, who has worked on cinema epics Legends of the Fall and Braveheart.

Producers are Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features, and Howard.

Josh McLaughlin will oversee the production, which tells the heroic story of a “powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones” and “in the process became a leader of and inspiration for her people”.

“While Harriet Tubman is a household name, most people don’t know the breadth of her story – not only was she a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but she was a spy for the Union army and remains one of the the few women to have led an armed expedition in U.S. history,” explained Martin Chase and Lundberg.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.

Erivo’s Widows co-star Viola Davis was previously linked to a Tubman HBO film in 2015.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to make feature film directorial debut

Lin-Manuel Miranda is revisiting the stage musical Tick, Tick…Boom! to turn it into his feature film directorial debut. The Hamilton creator and former star will step behind the camera for the big screen adaptation, based on the life of late Rent pl…

Lin-Manuel Miranda is revisiting the stage musical Tick, Tick…Boom! to turn it into his feature film directorial debut.

The Hamilton creator and former star will step behind the camera for the big screen adaptation, based on the life of late Rent playwright Jonathan Larson.

The story is set in 1990, and follows waiter and aspiring composer Jon as he struggles to pursue his Broadway dreams.

Miranda is already very familiar with the material, having led the cast in the Off-Broadway production of the show four years ago.

“Jonathan Larson’s captivating storytelling in Rent first taught me that musicals could be contemporary, true to life, and depict your own experiences. But it was Tick, Tick…Boom! that solidified that drive in me to hone my own voice as a playwright,” Miranda explained in a statement announcing the news.

“On stage, playing the role of Jon in 2014 was one of my most honored achievements. To now have the opportunity to make my film directorial debut, in collaboration with the Larson Family and this incredible creative team, and to adapt a work I love so deeply, is a humbling privilege.”

In addition to serving as director, Miranda will also co-produce the film with Imagine Entertainment bosses Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, while Julie Larson, the playwright’s sister, executive produces the movie, penned by Dear Evan Hansen writer Steven Levenson.

Tick, Tick…Boom! is the latest project added to Miranda’s slate – he is also set to star opposite Emily Blunt in upcoming Disney blockbuster Mary Poppins Returns, while he is in the process of developing a film adaptation of his hit Broadway musical In the Heights, too.

Earlier this week (begs16Jul18), he also revealed he was adding author to his resume with the launch of an inspiring new picture book.

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