It is a very In the heights week for Deadline’s new Hollywood podcast.
Earlier this week we had star Anthony Ramos as a guest and in a bonus episode we are hosting In the heights director Jon M. Chu as well as the musical man who created the original musical Lin-Manuel Miranda, winner of Tony.
In the heights, opening in theaters and on HBO Max today (although we highly recommend you watch it on the big screen if you’re comfortable), is sure to be a game-changer when it comes to the portrayal of Latinx in the movie. , a community that is woefully under-represented in Hollywood. The musical is set in the titular Latinx community of New York’s bustling Washington Heights. When the charismatic local bodega owner of the neighborhood and the humble narrator of the photo finally decide to fulfill his dream of going to the island his parents called home, his departure will forever change his beloved neighborhood.
With the magic that Chu brought with Crazy Rich Asians and the revolutionary talent that Miranda continues to bring to the table (I mean, I saw you Hamilton or the trailer for Tic Tic… Boom! ?), In the heights is intended to kick off the summer movie season in style!
We spoke to Chu about how he approached and adapted the beloved musical and if he would consider naming his new baby Elphaba as he is the director of the upcoming adaptation of another iconic musical, Mean. Miranda talks about her long journey to bring In the heights to the big screen and his love for Sprite commercials featuring some of history’s most legendary rappers.
Listen to the episode below.