New “In The Heights” Trailer Teases a Summer Must-See
Director John M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes have adapted possibly the perfect musical to kick off summer—Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights.” The fruits of their labor—as well as that of their talented cast and crew—are evident in the latest trailer from Warner Bros. In The Heights combines star power, singing, intricate dance choreography, and the pleasures (and pain) of a sweltering summer in New York City—all catnip to a moviegoer eager to see a big movie on a big screen as emerge from a very bad year and a half.
In the Heights tells the story of Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), a bodega owner with big dreams living in the largely Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. The cast is terrific—joining Ramos are Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits.
John M. Chu has proved that he knows his way around a dance step, a song, and a heartfelt story. From the Step Up franchise, where he directed and produced four films, to the international juggernaut that was Crazy Rich Asians, taking on In The Heights feels like a perfect next film.
In The Heights hits theaters and HBO Max on June 11. Check out the new trailer below:
Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Bros.:
The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians” invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… “In the Heights.”
Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
“In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
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Featured image: Caption: (Left Center-Right Center) ANTHONY RAMOS as Usnavi and MELISSA BARRERA as Vanessa in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “IN THE HEIGHTS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Macall Polay