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Lin-Manuel Miranda Opposed His Casting For ‘In The Heights’

From Broadway to Hollywood, Lin-Manuel Miranda has captured our hearts. With his upcoming film “In The Heights” set to debut this week, you’d think he’d be excited about his role. But in the above interview with “Good Morning America,” Miranda reveals he originally did not intend to appear in the film.

The video begins with a trip down memory lane for Miranda, specifically back to his days of performing “In the Heights” on Broadway. With a movie adaptation on the way, Miranda seems embarrassed but nostalgic about his previous work. His stories of perseverance riddle the film’s behind-the-scenes journey from script to screen.

Miranda also points out that the film was originally shot in 2019. But the pandemic’s delays may be a blessing in disguise for the film. “It’s really a dream come true,” Miranda says. “I think it’s made doubly poignant by the fact that you know we had to wait a year.”

Finally, Miranda points out his original intentions with the film’s cast. His reasons for wanting to step down from the main role he played on Broadway are altruistic. However, audiences just can’t get enough of that Lin-Manuel magnetism, and Miranda knows it.

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“In The Heights” premieres in theaters and on HBO Max this Thursday, on June 10th.