Tribeca Festival Will Open With ‘In the Heights’
The Jon M. Chu-directed film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning Broadway musical is set to hit theaters and, for 31 days, HBO Max, like the rest of Warner Bros.’ 2021 slate, on June 11.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Tribeca for a city-wide takeover of In the Heights,” Chu said in a statement. “New York, and specifically Washington Heights, is the lead character in our film — its vibrancy and energy are unmatched. How incredible that after a year of isolation, New Yorkers from across all boroughs will have an opportunity to see it first, together and join us in the celebration of life coming back.”
Miranda added, “It is such an honor to open the 20th anniversary Tribeca Film Festival with In the Heights. We’re so excited to welcome them uptown! This will be an unforgettable night at the United Palace. We can’t wait to share this musical love letter to our community, with our community, in our community.”
Tribeca co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises Jane Rosenthal added, “In the Heights is the quintessential New York story of hard-work, resilience and triumph. We are proud to feature this film as opening night where it can debut in its hometown in celebration of its New York roots and the Latinx community.”
The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Dascha Polanco and Jimmy Smits.
The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival is set to run from June 9-20 in New York.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.