‘In The Heights’ star Leslie Grace says ‘Hamilton’ fans “won’t be disappointed”

"It's an incredible platform for our culture to live on as Latinos"

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.

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.”

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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.

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