Full trailer drops for "In the Heights" movie

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 13:39:52-05

The full trailer for "In The Heights," the much-anticipated movie collaboration between "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and "Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu was released Thursday morning.

The film adaptation of Miranda's first Broadway smash drops in Summer 2020 -- June 26, according to Playbill -- and stars Leslie Grace, who headlined Corpus Christi's final night of Fiesta de la Flor with her collaboration of Selena's "Si Una Vez" with Play-N-Skillz earlier this year.

She plays "Nina," the production's second female lead. "Hamilton" original Broadway cast member Anthony Ramos stars as lead character Usnavi.

The play, his first Broadway show, earned 2008 TONY awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography. The core creative team -- director Thomas Kail, musical director Alex Lacamoire, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and Miranda again hit gold with "Hamilton" in 2015.

The movie also features Jimmy Smits in the role of Grace's character, Nina's, strict father Kevin Rosario; Corey Hawkins as her love interest, Benny; "Orange Is the New Black" star Dascha Polanco and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Stephanie Beatriz among its largely Latino cast. Miranda will play Piragua Guy.

The future of the film, originally acquired by The Weinstein Co., was in doubt in late 2017 when accusations of sexual abuse against studio co-founder Harvey Weinstein began to swirl.

Hudes and Miranda disavowed Weinstein, and reacted to the scandal by saying they would fight to reacquire the film's rights. Rights quietly reverted to them prior to The Weinstein Co.'s bankruptcy filing and the company's dissolution in 2018, according to Hollywood insider Deadline.

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The film was later sold to Warner Bros.

Audiences also may have caught the show on the Harbor Playhouse stage in 2017.

Despite a truncated run due to Hurricane Harvey's arrival during its Aug. 11-Sept. 17 run, managing director Dora Canales said the show was very well-received.

She said that, even though the show's characters are from the Puerto Rican and Dominican communities, its focus on family and energy culturally hit home with Corpus Christi -- the patrons and the cast.

"It's just one of those shows," she said. "It has so much heart and passion in it. It's a really exciting show -- full of passion and full of fun."

Though she wasn't familiar with "In the Heights" before they did their production, she's seen a lot of local reaction to the movie's announcement online and on social media.

The film's screenplay was written by the stage version's original book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes and songs and lyrics were written by Miranda.

Miranda starred in "Mary Poppins Returns" earlier this year, and currently is starring in HBO's "His Dark Materials."