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In preparation for the hit musical’s streaming service debut, Disney released the official trailer and posters for Hamilton. Earlier this year, Disney paid $75 million for the rights to the show. The film version of the musical production was originally supposed to be released in theaters in October 2021, but was changed to a July 3rd, 2020 Disney+ release due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Former Disney CEO Bob Iger and show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the news back in May.
The trailer features a melody of the show’s songs and montage of key moments. Hamilton is inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Miranda stars as the titular character, Leslie Odom Jr. portrays Aaron Burr, Daveed Diggs plays Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, and Phillipa Soo performs the role of Eliza Hamilton. Below are posters featuring these actors in their respective roles.
The film will have a run-time of 2 hours and 40 minutes along with a one minute countdown clock for intermission. It will be rated PG-13 after Miranda agreed to let Disney remove two expletives in accordance with the MPAA guidelines. In an interview with GMA the day after the trailer’s release, Miranda revealed more information regarding the July 3rd streaming debut.
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In the interview, Miranda emphasized that ” Now the world can see what it felt like to be in that room in June 2016 next Friday”. The film was shot when the original cast still performed on Broadway back in 2016. Years later, audiences around the world will be able to watch the groundbreaking musical.
Miranda also revealed he is working with Walt Disney Studios on a new animated movie musical based in Colombia. He previously wrote songs for Moana, contributed compositions for the Star Wars sequels, played Jack in Mary Poppins Returns, and even is working with Disney legend Alan Menken on new songs for the live-action The Little Mermaid.