The In the Heights movie may have found its Usnavi. According to Variety, Hamilton star Anthony Ramos is “in talks” to star in the feature film adaptation of the 2008 musical from Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda (with a book from Quiara Alegría Hudes).
Ramos played Philip Hamilton and John Laurens in the original cast of Miranda’s Hamilton, the blockbuster Broadway muscial based on the life of Alexander Hamilton that Miranda wrote following his success with In the Heights, which also won the Tony for Best Musical. Ramos has also appeared as Mars Blackmon in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, as Manny Ortega in Sundance standout Monsters and Men, and is set to appear in Legendary Godzilla: King of Monsters.
Here’s the official synopsis for the In the Heights film adaptation:
Residents of largely Latino Upper Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights – a bodega owner, a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker, and an old woman – aspire to better lives as gentrification begins to take hold, and a sweltering summer power blackout brings their personal life crises to a head.
Ramos would play Usnavi, a bodega owner who is planning to leave Washington Heights after getting the financial means to do so, but the pull of his community makes him rethink the decision.
The In the Heights movie is being developed by Warner Bros., with Crazy Rich Asians‘ Jon M. Chu set to direct. More casting news and updates as we hear it.
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