The days of spending hundreds of dollars to see Hamilton will soon be over. Well, sort of. The Broadway juggernaut will make its way to the big screen in 2021, but with a twist. Rather than a scripted film adaptation, the upcoming Hamilton movie will feature the show’s original Broadway cast performing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Lin-Manuel Miranda confirmed the news in an interview with Variety, revealing that the production was filmed years ago when he was at the helm. Miranda, along with show director Thomas Kail, were simply waiting on the right moment to share the footage.
“What I’m most excited about [is] you all have that friend that is like, ‘I saw it with the original cast.’ We’re stealing that brag from everyone because you’re all going to see it with the original cast. We’re just trying to find the right time to do it,” he told the publication.
And the right time appears to be next fall. In a tweet, the Tony winner confirmed that Disney studios will present the project, which is due out October 15, 2021.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 3, 2020
Prior to the Hamilton movie, Miranda will welcome another major project to the big screen. A film adaptation of his 2008 production In the Heights is slated to hit theaters in June. It will star former Hamilton actor Anthony Ramos as Usnavi de la Vega. In addition to Miranda and Ramos, the Hamilton movie will also feature original Broadway cast members Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Phillipa Soo, and Renee Elise Goldsberry.
Now entering its fifth year in production, Hamilton continues to have a firm grasp on Broadway’s ticketing market. The hip-hop infused historical shattered records in its early years with ticket prices going for up to $2,500. The initial frenzy dropped off following the eventual departures of several cast members, and Hamilton even took a back seat in Broadway ticket discussions when Springsteen on Broadway set records for its year-long run. Aside from Broadway, its national tour took off dramatically, leaving fans vying for tickets in each new state.