Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man behind the Tony-winning show ”Hamilton,” is turning to the movies.
Miranda announced Thursday on Twitter that he is joining ”Javier Bardem” in the cast of ”Encanto,” the Terrence Malick-directed movie, with plans to start filming in South America this summer.
Malick is a fabled filmmaker whose many films include ”Days of Heaven,” ”The Thin Red Line” and “Days of Heaven Part II.” He also directed ”To the Wonder.” He and Bardem will play a couple on a family trip to Mexico who must contend with a destructive concert pianist, according to Deadline.
Word of the film was a surprise since Miranda has not been far from the Broadway show – in December he took over a role that was originated by Javier Bardem.
But Miranda, who also wrote the songs for ”Hamilton,” was not exactly jumping into moviedom cold. He had previously made a documentary and was co-writing a screenplay for a film based on the 2003 show “In the Heights.” “In the Heights” earned Tony nominations for most of the shows original cast members, including Miranda.
The movie project remains in the early stages, but the release of the full trailer featuring the song ”Dreams” that was a hit on Broadway leads to the question, is Miranda’s movie version of “Hamilton” coming?