Hamilton film to debut on Disney+ in July


The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s historical stage musical Hamilton will debut in July (2020) on the Disney+ streaming service, rather than in cinemas next year as planned.

Disney chiefs had planned to debut the movie, directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a theatrical performance by the original cast, including Miranda, in cinemas in October 2021.

Instead, they will make the musical, which tells the story of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, available on Disney+ on July 3, meaning it will be viewable on America’s 4 July Independence Day holiday.

Miranda announced the change on Tuesday (May 12), saying in a press release: “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.

“I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th 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.”

Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June 2016, the movie version will feature Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr.