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The cast of In the Heights, Warner Bros.’ movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, is rounding out with actresses Melissa Barrera and Leslie Grace.
They join Anthony Ramos and Corey Hawkins, who were previously cast in the film, which is set to be helmed by Jon M. Chu.
The story, set in New York’s Washington Heights, centers on bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Barrera will play Vanessa, who is Usnavi’s main love interest and works at the local salon, while Grace will play Nina Rosario, a young woman from the neighborhood who has returned from college for the summer.
In the Heights won the Tony Award for best musical in 2008.
Miranda is producing the film along with Quiara Alegría Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs. David Nicksay is executive producing with Jill Furman, Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller. Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the screenplay for the adaptation.
The movie has a release date of June 26, 2020.
Barrera is known for her roles on telenovelas including Siempre Tuya Acapulco and Tanto Amor. She also plays Lyn on the Starz series Vida. Barrera is repped by UTA and Cross Over Entertainment.
Grace is a singer-songwriter whose studio albums include 2008’s Pasión and 2013’s Leslie Grace. She has been nominated for three Latin Grammys. This will be her feature film debut as an actress. Grace is repped by CAA.
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