WATCH: Dreams Soar in First Trailer For John M. Chu’s Musical ‘In The Heights’


The first trailer has been released for John M. Chu‘s film adaptation “In the Heights,” from Warner Bros. The film stems from the 2008 Broadway musical from star and lyricist Lin Manuel-Miranda, and is set in Washington Heights, New York City.

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.

“In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.

Directed by John M. Chu, the film was written by Quiara Alegría Hudes. It is based on the musical stage play, headed by Miranda’s music and lyrics, also adapted from a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Miranda and Hudes also produce the feature adaptation, together with Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs. David Nicksay and Kevin McCormick served as executive producers. Chu also directed the 2017 romance comedy, “Crazy Rich Asians,” which grossed over $238 million at the worldwide box office.

“In the Heights” stars Anthony Ramos (“A Star is Born,” Broadway’s “Hamilton”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton,” “BlacKkKlansman”), singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s “In the Heights”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s “Rent”), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s “Matilda the Musical”), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films).

“In the Heights” is distributed by Warner Bros and releases in theaters June 26, 2020. Check out the trailer below!

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