Four years after the original cast of the 11-time Tony-winning Broadway show Hamilton took its final bow, the star leads — including creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs — return for the film version of the hip-hop-meets-history sensation, which drops July 3 on Disney+. (Disney shelled out $75 million for rights.) For filming, set designer David Korins cut holes in his now-iconic sets for camera access but largely let the production live as it did in the Richard Rodgers Theatre: “Live theater is not replaceable, and Hamilton is made to be seen in person. That said, this is perhaps the best filming of a piece of theater that I’ve seen,” he says, noting that it allows for close-ups of faces, costumes and sets. Plus, Korins says, the story feels even more urgent today, as “our show is about a revolution and people standing up for what they believe in. What an amazing time to be giving that to millions of people.”
This story first appeared in the July 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.