When Lin-Manuel Miranda first broke onto the musical scene in 2005 with his debut musical, In the Heights, the composer, writer, and performer was met with widespread critical acclaim, including a Tony win for Best Musical in 2008. But the success of In the Heights was nothing compared to the reception, attention, and praise Miranda was thrown his way when he premiered his follow-up original musical, Hamilton: An American Musical. Based on the real life of one of America’s foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, the musical deals with themes of love, betrayal, friendship, freedom, immigration, politics, and legacy all through the form of hip hop.
As a result, the musical itself has been gaining more attention than an original, non-film musical has in a long time. Miranda himself was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his work on it, and ever since the musical’s initial release and debut on Broadway, fans and influencers in the entertainment industry have been busy asking when a film adaptation of it will get made.
Miranda has always been rather straightforward in regards to that, saying he expects that it’ll be adapted sometime down the line, but will stay a musical for the time being. Speaking on THR’s Awards Chatter podcast, Miranda reiterated that same sentiment, before confirming that a film adaptation will indeed happen:
“Yes! Who knows when? I don’t think I’m done with that role, by any stretch.”
So not only does it sound like Hamilton will indeed be turned into a film one day, but that Miranda may very well play the role in it as well. Which makes sense considering Miranda was the first actor to play Hamilton when it debuted on Broadway, and stayed with it for several years before stepping away. That, in addition to the clout he’s already been able to garner in Hollywood.
Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler even shared a desire to adapt the musical himself one day, though depending on the timing of it all, there’s no guarantee he’d actually be the one to do it. But thanks to Hamilton, Miranda has gone on to have quite an impressive career in the entertainment industry over the past year. Not only did he compose and write the music for Disney’s Moana, but was cast in the studio’s announced Mary Poppins Returns, while writing some original music for it too. He’s attached himself to some other high-profile adaptations and original, non-Disney films set to come out over the next few years also, so basically, now all that’s still unknown isn’t if but when exactly a Hamilton film will be added to that list.
We’ll keep you updated on a Hamilton film adaptation as more information becomes available.