The eagerly awaited filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton, will have its premiere on Disney+ this July. The announcement is a huge coup for the Mouse House’s streaming service, as the feature film was originally scheduled for an October 2021 theatrical release.
Clearly with global cinema release schedules now is disarray, the studio felt it was better served taking the hugely popular Lin-Manuel Miranda musical online.
The 11-time-Tony, Grammy-, Olivier- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical will make its Disney Plus debut July 3, 2020. The production is being hailed as ‘a leap forward in the art of live capture, a cinematic stage performance that is a wholly new way to experience Hamilton.’
“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of Hamilton, an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way,” says Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company. “We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind Hamilton to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned.”
“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of Hamilton…”
Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, the production features Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson.
“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4 weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
The stage production also features Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.
Disney+ recently redirected its Artemis Fowl fantasy adventure away from cinema release, to Disney+, as a result of global theatre closures. For more on Artemis Fowl click here.
Disney+ now boasts more than 50 million subscribers globally, amassed in little over five months after its US launch. The streaming service offers TV and movie content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Fox.