Lin-Manuel Miranda may be in the In the Heights movie, but he definitely won’t be returning to the role of Usnavi.
In Variety‘s profile of Miranda, the Hamilton creator discussed working on the film adaptation of his first hit musical and said that he may have a part in it, although it won’t be the lead role he originated. According to Variety, “the filmmakers are hoping to get him into another role, either pre-existing or newly written for the film.”
The creative team aims to begin production this spring. The film is being developed by The Weinstein Company with a script written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, who penned the book for In the Heights, and Jon M. Chu lined up to direct.
Miranda also explained why plans for the film at Universal halted in 2011. “We didn’t get the particular Latin star they wanted, and it went into turnaround,” he recalled to Variety. “It taught me that the more money something is, the more strings are attached to it. Controlling the size of the thing buys you freedom.”
In the Heights isn’t the only project Miranda has on the horizon. He will film Mary Poppins Returns in London in the first half of 2017, starring opposite Emily Blunt’s Poppins as a lamplighter named Jack. He also co-wrote the score to Disney’s animated adventure Moana, which arrives in theaters on Nov. 23, and is collaborating with Alan Menken on the live-action Little Mermaid reboot.
Head to Variety for more from Miranda’s interview.