Lin-Manuel Miranda may be Oscar-nominated for his songwriting work on Disney’s Moana and is set to appear in the studio’s Mary Poppins sequel. However, this doesn’t mean he’s abandoning the role which made him a household name.
In fact, the Tony-winning creator of Broadway sensation Hamilton has himself confirmed a film adaptation is in the works.
Prior to serving as the mastermind and star behind the musical look at the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Miranda created the Broadway hit In the Heights. But it was Hamilton which turned him into a bonafide star, leading to a Pulitzer prize and countless other accolades.
With such success, a film is inevitable, and no one is better to lead it than the show’s creator.
These days, Miranda is busy working the awards circuit in the hopes of securing an Oscar win – and becoming the youngest-ever EGOT – someone who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony – but The Hollywood Reporter caught up with him on its Awards Chatter podcast to discuss his upcoming slate of projects when the question of a Hamilton film came up.
“I don’t think I’m done with that role, by any stretch. It’s just a meal of a role.
“In other shows, maybe you have a part where you get to fall in love, maybe you have a part where you get to fight in a gun duel, maybe you get a part where you get to have an affair, maybe you get a part where you lose a loved one and get to explore all that. In Hamilton you do all of that! You do everything you do in life in two hours and 45 minutes.
“You live your fullest life. So that never gets old.”
While the musical’s notoriety makes it a prime candidate for a big-screen version regardless, Miranda’s continued passion for the role makes the prospects of seeing him reprise it in a film even more exciting. Still, Hamilton aficionados may wish to temper their anticipation, as Miranda said a film is still probably years away from hitting theaters.
Nevertheless, In the Heights playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes already has whipped up the first draft of a script. So perhaps a Hamilton film isn’t as far off as some may think.
In the meantime, Miranda is certainly keeping busy. In addition to Mary Poppins Returns, he’ll appear in the film adaptation of Broadway play Speech & Debate, and has signed on to write the music for a film based on novelist Patrick Rothfuss’s fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle.
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