In The Heights
Due to arrive on 25th June, Jon M Chu’s film of In The Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s vibrant musical, tells the story of a Hispanic-American community threatened by gentrification. The film stars, among others, Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Dascha Polanco, Stephanie Beatriz, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera and Lin-Manuel Miranda predictably makes an appearance, though as Piragüero not Usnavi.
A screen version of Laurence Mark Wythe’s Tomorrow Morning is also heading our way, with lead casting of Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, Fleur East, Omid Djalili and Harriet Thorpe.
Joining them in the film will be Anita Dobson, Henry Goodman, Tyrone Huntley, Adwoa Akoto, George Maguire, Oliver Savile, Ann Micklethwaite, Neil Hurst, Sophie Pourret Wythe, Paul French, with the film introducing Oliver Clayton. Rounding out the principals will be Alex Stoll, Luke Walsh, Pamela Blair, Kieran Chalker and Grant Winston.
In the ensemble will be Grant Thresh, Ivan De Freitas, Richard Kyro Nelson, Kage Douglas, Charlotte Gooch, Bronte Lavine, India Thornton, Aimee Moore, Saran Webb, Heather Scott Martin, Courtney George, Christina Shand, Jacqui Jameson, Gaby Gregorian, Megan Louch, Sasha Woodward, Jamal Crawford, Simon Anthony, David McIntosh, Sam Murphy, Ryan Lee Seager, Alyn Hawke, Adam Crossley, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Michael Lin and Tommy Franzen. Additional choreography is by Karen Hauer who is also dancing in the film, which has casting by Harry Blumenau.
Due on Netflix sometime in the autumn, Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…boom! is directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The cast features Andrew Garfield (Larson, Vanessa Hudgens (Karessa Johnson), Alexandra Shipp (Susan), Judith Light (Rosa Stevens), Robin de Jesus (Michael), Joanna Adler (Molly), Joshua Henry (Roger), Alex D Jennings (Lifeguard), Lauren Marcus (Donna), Marie Rose Baramo (Fly girl), Jared Loftin and Kenita Miller and Bradley Whitford.
Sony is now sending its live-action adaptation of Cinderella to Amazon Prime rather than cinemas. The new take on Cinderella, which is directed by Kay Cannon and stars “Havana” singer Camila Cabello in the titular role, was set to arrive in cinemas this summer but is now without a firm release date.
Pose Emmy-winner Billy Porter will be co-starring, taking on the role of the Fairy Godmother. The rest of the cast includes Tony-winning Idina Menzel as the Stepmother, Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Robert, Minnie Driver as the Queen, Maddie Baillio as Anastasia, Charlotte Spencer as Drizella, and Pierce Brosnan as the King. John Mulaney, James Corden, and Romesh Ranganathan are all set to play mice, aiding Cinderella in her journey.