"Hamilton" Is Coming To Disney+ And The Trailer Is Here
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney are giving fans a treat with an early release of the hit musical this summer.
Five years after it debuted on Broadway and became a groundbreaking, worldwide sensation, the musical “Hamilton” will debut on the streaming platform Disney+ on July 3.
The release of the film version of the hit musical has been moved up from October 2021 due to changing movie schedules because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda along with director Thomas Kail and producer Jeffrey Seller filmed a musical performance of the show on Broadway in June 2016. Miranda, who wrote the script, music, and lyrics for the Tony-, Grammy-, and Pulitzer-winning show, plays Alexander Hamilton himself in this version. He originated the role on Broadway.
The filmed version also features the rest of the original cast: Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr, sir; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Alexander’s wife; Anthony Ramos as their son, Philip, as well as Revolutionary soldier John Laurens; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; and Jonathan Groff as the hilariously nasty King George.
Miranda shared a trailer Sunday that shows new footage from the upcoming film.
1. I know this now! It's midnight July 3 PST, so that's 3am for us in NY and east coast, do the math til your time zone.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 22, 2020
2. Not just one day.
3. You will just have it. For as many times as you like, right next to A Goofy Movie and Talespin and An Extremely Goofy Movie...❤️ https://t.co/v6h260FDSw
“Hamilton” tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, inspired by a biography of him written by historian Ron Chernow. The music itself is unique: it’s a musical about American history that uses hip-hop and rap to tell the story (in addition to elements of pop, soul, jazz, and of course, traditional Broadway show tunes). The show also made history with its purposeful casting of non-white actors to play some of the most famous figures in U.S. history: Hamilton, as well as George Washington and other founding fathers.
In an appearance Monday on “Good Morning America,” Miranda said, “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.” Once the show premiered and became a global phenomenon, the price of Broadway tickets soared to hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
“So I’m really glad that 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,” Miranda said.
The star also said the production “was basically a three-day film shoot with the best rehearsed cast in the history of the movies, because we’d all been doing the show for a year at this point.”
Miranda also recently worked on a film adaptation of his musical “In The Heights,” but that release has been delayed until June 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Hamilton” wasn’t slated to hit theaters until October 2021, but Miranda and co. decided to move the release up to give waiting fans a summer treat.
“In The Heights” is a “movie-theater movie, a huge movie adaptation,” Miranda said on GMA. “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 happy that we could move it up so you can see ‘Hamilton’ next weekend.”
Disney paid $75 million for the rights to the musical, according to Variety.
Miranda also said on GMA that he’s working on a new animated musical with Disney Animation set in Colombia.