The Walt Disney Company, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and Thomas Kail announced this morning that the upcoming Hamilton film will be released on Disney+ on July 3, 2020. The film, which was originally slated for a theatrical release on October 15, 2021, is the premiere of the filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton, featuring the entire original cast. The film, like the Broadway production, was directed by Thomas Kail. Kail shot three live performances of Hamilton featuring the original Broadway cast.
“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda in the press release. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Hamilton tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. The musical draws its inspiration from Ron Chernow’s biography of the same name. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. It is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, Hamilton features Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.
The news of the expedited release of Hamilton comes shortly after the recent postponement of the film adaptation Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights.
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