The highly anticipated film adaptation will finally premiere on Thursday, following a protracted search for the proper studio to create it. It, like the stage version, makes history by focusing on Latino characters who have long been underrepresented in popular films, television series, and theater plays. “In the Heights” chronicles the lives of generations of inhabitants and business owners in New York City’s Washington Heights, a primarily Latino area where Miranda, now 41, grew up. As wealthy outsiders begin to move in, threatening to displace them, they must balance their own ambitions with battling for their tight-knit society.
Miranda told NBC News that she and Quiara “sticked to our guns” and “sticked to what we believed was vital in the storytelling of the show,” such as having Nina, one of the key characters, symbolize the internal difficulties of a first-generation college student. One of the many purposely crafted roles that resonated with Latino viewers when the musical was released was making the principal female character a brilliant, Stanford University student. To achieve nonstereotypical images of Latinos, Miranda said the rewriting process needed “a lot of gut checks” to ensure it maintained true to “what are your non-negotiables.” IMDB