The "room where it happens" will soon be the living room!
Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed that the filmed version of the Broadway musical will be released July 3, just in time for Independence Day weekend and 15 months earlier than previously planned.
Hamilton, which brought diversity and hip-hop to the story of America's founding and the life of Alexander Hamilton, was a phenomenal hit when it debuted in 2015 -- so much so that tickets were out of reach for many.
"No one can predict the way a work is received, and the way Hamilton has been received has surpassed everyone's wildest dreams, but our biggest issue has always been accessibility," Miranda said Monday on Good Morning America.
"We had the luxury to basically shoot an independent film in our first year, and now the world can see what it felt like to be in that room in June 2016 next Friday."
Filmed over the course of several days in that month with the original Broadway cast, the live-capture production was acquired by Disney for $75 million -- the most expensive single-film deal in Tinseltown's history. It was originally planned to premiere in theaters, with a Disney+ release in 2021, but the pandemic has changed that timeline.
\u201cRISE UP if you\u2019re excited for #Hamilfilm to stream on @disneyplus on July 3! @lin_manuel takes us through the groundbreaking filming process of the musical special. \u2b50\ufe0f https://t.co/bRwIBvhrgP\u201d
— Good Morning America (@Good Morning America)
Miranda's other musical film, In the Heights, starring Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, and Melissa Barrera, pushed its theatrical release to June 18, 2021, due to the health crisis. So there will be no skip to streaming for that production. "That's a movie-theater movie," Miranda explained on GMA. "It's a huge movie adaptation. Everyone in it is a star, and we really wanted that to get the proper rollout it deserved."
"But I couldn't leave you one summer without at least one musical, so I was very grateful that we were able to move up Hamilton so that everyone can see it next week," he said.
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