A filmed version of the blockbuster musical Hamilton will hit Disney+ on July 3, and the powerful first trailer has us counting down the days.
The one-minute clip showcases the talents of the original Broadway cast, who will be reprising their roles in the historical show. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and titular star of Hamilton, performs alongside Tony winners Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr, Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. They’re joined by Tony nominees Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, and Jonathan Groff as King George, as well as the original ensemble cast.
The filmed version was announced back in February and slated to hit theaters on October 15, 2021. But once COVID-19 shut down film productions and movie theaters, Disney moved the release date to July 3, 2020 on Disney+. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down,” Miranda said in a statement in May. “I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
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In a recent Good Morning America interview, Miranda spoke about the process of shooting the musical for the big screen. The show was filmed with cameras in the audience over the course of a Sunday matinee, Monday (the cast’s day off), and a Tuesday evening performance. “So it was basically a three-day film shoot with the best-rehearsed cast in the history of the movies because we’d all been doing the show for a year at this point,” Miranda said.
The filmed version of Hamilton, helmed by the show’s original director Tommy Kail, will hit Disney+ at midnight PST or 3 a.m. EST. Miranda clarified this on Twitter, adding that the special will be available for far longer than one day. “You will just have it,” he wrote. “For as many times as you like, right next to A Goofy Movie and Talespin and An Extremely Goofy Movie…”
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Other musical projects coming from Miranda in the next few years include co-starring in and producing the big-screen version of his first Broadway musical, In the Heights (which is delayed until June 18, 2021); producing and writing music for The Little Mermaid live-action remake; and directing the Jonathan Larson musical movie Tick, Tick… Boom. During his interview with GMA, Miranda also teased that he’s working on an original animated musical for Disney set in Colombia.
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