In The Heights star Leslie Grace has said Hamilton fans “won’t be disappointed” by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new project.
The film, based on Miranda’s 2007 stage musical of the same name, focuses on a vibrant Latino community in Washington Heights, New York.
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Grace, who will be playing the lead role of Nina Rosario opposite Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, told NME: “In The Heights is a full-on movie, it’s what you would wish any musical would be for that one person in your family that hates musicals.”
Reflecting on the expectations of long-time Hamilton fans, she added: “They won’t be disappointed, especially people who are just longtime fans of Lin or even new fans just having seen the recording on Disney+ and enjoying it from home without having the theatre experience.”
Grace added that In The Heights marks a landmark moment for Latino representation in cinema. “It’s an incredible platform for our culture to live on as Latinos,” she explained.
“It’s a cultural event that I think our culture has never had to this degree, and Lin was very adamant about allowing that moment to live.”
Leslie Grace most recently worked on the first-ever remake of ‘Conga’, featuring Meek Mill and produced by Boi-1da in collaboration with Bacardí rum.
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“Bacardi has always been a brand that’s so connected to Caribbean-ness and the life of the party – it’s definitely very close to home because I’m Dominican,” Grace explained.
“My family has been drinking Bacardí rum all my life so I was like ‘I’m totally aligned, I’m all in, bring on the mojitos!'”
In the Heights is scheduled to be released via Warner Bros. on June 18.