Meet the Star-Studded Cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights Movie
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights is finally coming to the big screen, and it has a star-studded cast to make it happen! Joined by Quiara Alegría Hudes — who wrote the book for the musical — and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu, Miranda amplifies the musical's poignant narrative about community with stunning visuals and tons of amazing music inspired by the rich Latinx culture of Washington Heights.
The talented cast of In the Heights includes the musical's original stage actors as well as some very familiar faces like, Hamilton's Anthony Ramos, Orange Is the New Black's Dascha Polanco, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz. Check out the full cast ahead, and get ready to head uptown when In the Heights arrives in theaters and on HBO Max on June 11.
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Piragüero
The original Usnavi of the Broadway play, Miranda takes on a drastically different role in the film. The writer plays Piragüero, the owner of a small piragua stand that competes with Mister Softee.
Olga Merediz as Abuela Claudia
Merediz reprises her original In The Heights role as Abuela Claudia, the adoptive grandmother of the entire community.
Jimmy Smits as Kevin Rosario
You definitely recognize the face of this long-time actor! Smits plays Kevin Rosario, Nina's overprotective father, who owns his own taxi cab service.
Daphne Rubin-Vega as Daniela
Broadway actress, dancer, and singer takes on the role of Daniela, the owner of the neighborhood salon where everyone goes to gossip.
Anthony Ramos as Usnavi de la Vega
The Hamilton and She's Gotta Have It star takes over the role of bodega owner Usnavi, originally played by Miranda. Usnavi is the narrator of the film who struggles with his desire to close his shop and return to his roots in the Dominican Republic.
Leslie Grace as Nina Rosario
The singer and songwriter plays Nina Rosario, the first woman of the Barrio to go to college. Returning home from Stanford University, Nina wrestles with feeling overburdened by school and attempting to live up to her father's expectations.
Corey Hawkins as Benny
The 24 star plays Benny, Usnavi's best friend and Nina's love interest. He works at Kevin's dispatch and dreams of opening his own business.
Melissa Barrera as Vanessa
Barrera portrays Vanessa, a hairdresser at Daniela's salon and the mysterious love interest of Usnavi. She's known for catching the eye of every guy in the Heights and only dreams of getting out of the Barrio to live downtown.
Dascha Polanco as Cuca
The exact nature of the star's role is under wraps, but from the looks of the trailer, she works at the salon with Daniela.
Stephanie Beatriz as Carla
Beatriz will be playing Carla, a remarkably different character from Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Rosa Diaz. Like her friend Daniela, she works at the salon and has a passion for gossip.
Gregory Diaz as Sonny de la Vega
Diaz portrays Sonny, Usnavi's younger, smart-mouthed cousin who works with him in the bodega. In the play, he's known as the comedian of the community, but he's also passionate about social justice.