‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Collaborates with Lin Manuel Miranda for New Musical ‘In the Heights’

Directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Lin Manuel Miranda, comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ next big musical, In the Heights.

The director of Crazy Rich Asians and creator of Hamilton invites audiences to the cinematic event of the summer — where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… ‘In the Heights’.

The story is set over the course of three days, centred on characters in the largely Dominican neighbourhood of Washington Heights in New York City. It follows a bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) who is ambivalent about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune, against a sun-drenched musical backdrop.

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).

Chu is directing the film from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes; it is based on the musical stage play, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and concept by Miranda. In the Heights is produced by Miranda and Hudes, together with Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs. David Nicksay and Kevin McCormick served as executive producers.

Behind the camera, Chu is reuniting with his Crazy Rich Asians production designer, Nelson Coates, and editor, Myron Kerstein. He is also collaborating with director of photography Alice Brooks (TV’s The Walking Dead) and costume designer Mitchell Travers (Eighth Grade). The choreography is by Christopher Scott, who previously teamed with Chu on the award-winning The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. In the Heights was filmed in New York, primarily on location in the dynamic community of Washington Heights.

Watch the official trailer here:

In the Heights
will release in UK cinemas on 11 June, 2021.