Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing his story of Alexander Hamilton to the internet.
Disney+ has released the first look at the live-action feature of the 40-year-old Puerto Rican’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton.
The hip hop musical about America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton debuts on Disney+ on Friday, July 3.
Disney paid $75M for the global rights to the movie, beating a number of rival studios. Soon after acquiring the film, Disney opted to send the film to its streaming service instead of movie cinemas; the film’s original theatrical release date was October 15, 2021.
The Broadway musical with lyrics, music and book by Miranda was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, scoring 11 including Best Musical in 2016.
In addition, the musical owns the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
The feature film of the stage musical was shot two weeks before the original cast left. That cast included Miranda in the title role, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Jonathan Groff as King George; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.
Director Tommy Kail directed both the stage version and the movie, which consisted of shooting three live performances, and also some setup shots without an audience. All of the footage was used to create multiple angles, to ensure the cinematic nature of the event.