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In the Heights Stars: “This Is for the F—king Culture”

Director Jon M. Chu and stars Anthony Ramos, Dascha Polanco, Corey Hawkins, and cast share what the hit musical means for them, how they pulled off that "96,000" number, and bringing Washington Heights to colorful life.

by | June 8, 2021 | Comments

After an almost year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most anticipated movie musical in years – Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights – is finally arriving on the big screen and HBO Max this month, and the cast and creators couldn’t be more excited to share it with the world. Ahead of the film’s release, Rotten Tomatoes’ correspondent Naz Perez spoke with Miranda and Chu about adapting the stage phenomenon for the big screen and the care that went into bringing the Latinx NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights to vivid, detail-rich life. Plus, Miranda, Chu, and stars Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Palanco, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and scene-stealing Olga Merediz talk about the “goosebumps” they got from seeing their culture represented in a way cinema has rarely seen, putting together the epic showstopping sequence for fan-favorite song “96,000,” and why they’re so thrilled for America to meet the characters of In the Heights and discover their dreams.

In the Heights is in theaters and on HBO Max from Thursday June 10, 2021

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