We could all use a brief distraction or pick-me-up lately and luckily Disney+ is here to deliver the goods. The streaming service just released its first trailer for the live-recorded movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash Hamilton.
Disney+ Just Released the First Trailer for ‘Hamilton’ and Lin-Manuel Miranda Spilled All the Extra Deets
It was announced back in May that the movie version of the hit musical would be coming to Disney+ on July 3, 2020, so even those who still haven’t been able to score tickets to the groundbreaking show (five years after its premiere, we might add) could enjoy rapping along with Miranda and the rest of the original cast. It was also announced that the movie would include never-before-seen footage of the OG cast both on and off stage, something even those who’ve seen the play live haven’t yet experienced.
The movie was originally supposed to become available on October 15, but Bob Iger (executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company) and Miranda decided to move up the premiere date due to the coronavirus. As Iger told the hosts of Good Morning America, “I can’t think of another work of art in the last decade that’s had the cultural impact of Hamilton. I just think it’s brilliant, and in these times to tell the story of people uniting together against forces of diversity, I think is quite relevant and actually quite important.” That sentiment rings even more true with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and an increase in discussions surrounding diversity and breaking conventional molds or stereotypes—two ideas Hamilton addresses head-on.
Of course, fans have been inundating Miranda, Iger and other Hamilton cast members with countless additional questions ever since the announcement and today, after the release of the trailer, Miranda took to Twitter to answer some of the more pertinent queries.
As per Miranda’s tweet, the Hamilton movie will become available to stream starting at 12 a.m. PST (or 3 a.m. for those on the east coast) on July 3 and will remain on Disney+ for subscribers to watch as many times as they want. It’s still unclear how long the movie will stay up on the service—one week? one month? one year?—but Miranda has assured us that it will be there at least longer than one day.
So if you have yet to make any plans for Independence Day weekend, might we suggest cozying up on the couch for some good music and fascinating lessons in U.S. history? Or, if that doesn’t convince you, perhaps the opportunity to earn major bragging rights will do the trick. Said Miranda, “What I’m most excited about [is] you all have that friend that is like, ‘I saw it with the original cast.’ We’re stealing that brag from everyone because you’re all going to see it with the original cast.” So take that, cousin Jenny.