Lin-Manuel Miranda on Monday announced a filmed, movie version of his award-winning musical “Hamilton” featuring the original Broadway cast will be released by Disney in October 2021.
“Hamilton,” which was filmed on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre back in June 2016 when it won 11 Tony Awards, will hit theaters on Oct. 15, 2021.
Miranda is producing with Jeffrey Seller and Thomas Kail. Kail also directed the stage production as well as the film, which the studio described as a leap forward in the art of “live capture” aiming to give a cinematic experience of the stage show.
The filmed version of “Hamilton” features the Tony-winning cast that includes Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, along with Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom, Jr., Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan and Anthony Ramos. The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart and Ephraim Sykes.
Disney, which cast Miranda in his first big-screen role with 2018’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” scored a coup by securing rights to one of the biggest Broadway hits in recent memory. Rival Warner Bros. is releasing a movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical, “In the Heights,” which is due in theaters on June 26.
“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,” Disney chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger said in a statement. “And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”
“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,'” Miranda said in a statement. “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.”
Kail added, “We are thrilled for fans of the show, and new audiences across the world, to experience what it was like on stage — and in the audience when we shot this at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016. We wanted to give everyone the same seat, which is what this film can provide.”
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 3, 2020