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Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace Join Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins in In the Heights Film

Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the news on Twitter.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has announced on Twitter that Melissa Barrera and Leslie Grace will join Anthony Ramos and Corey Hawkins in the upcoming film adaptation of In the Heights.

Actor-singer Barrera, who will play Vanessa, is known for appearing in the telenovelas Siempre Tuya Acapulco and Tanto Amor. Grace, a Billboard-charting singer-songwriter, will play Nina. As previously announced, Ramos will star as Usnavi, with Hawkins as Benny.

With a score by Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights won the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Music and Lyrics (Miranda), Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler), and Best Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman). The original cast recording won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The film will be directed by Jon M. Chu, and will shoot, according to Miranda, in this summer in the New York neighborhood of Washington Heights.

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 11, 2019