Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Tony-and-Pulitzer Prize Award Winning musical “Hamilton,” is finally getting the big-screen treatment.
Disney announced that they reached an agreement with the original Broadway producers, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jeffrey Seller, and Thomas Kail, to bring the worldwide phenomenon to cinemas Oct. 15, 2021. But before the fan castings start, die yards will be thrilled to hear that yes, the original cast is indeed returning.
The film will be directed by Thomas Kail and star Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.
Instead of a traditional feature-film adaptation however, Disney will be capturing a live performance that, “transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. Combining the best elements of live theater and film.” Audiences will have to wait until next year to find out what that ultimately means, but one can only assume that the production will be a bit more immersive than a traditional recording of the musical.
“I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations – ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ ‘Aladdin,’” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “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 theater. We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of ‘Hamilton to the largest audience possible.”
“Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theater 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,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”
What’s even more fascinating is that according to Deadline, the Mouse beat out other potential buyers to acquire “Hamilton’s” distribution rights for $75 million. The report indicates that “Disney won the deal with a commitment for a wide global theatrical release for the 2 hours, 40-minute movie, which was shot two weeks before the original cast left.”
“Hamilton” hits theaters in North America Oct. 15, 2021. In the meantime, fans can catch Miranda’s other highly anticipated film adaptation of his musical “In the Heights” this summer.