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Disney Releases The First Trailer For Hamilton’s Movie Adaptation

Disney releases a trailer for the upcoming film version of acclaimed musical Hamilton, which starts streaming on Disney+ July 3.
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Lin Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

Disney has just released the first trailer for the award winning Broadway musical, Hamilton. Originally set to air in theaters in October 2021, Disney fast tracked Hamilton to a July 3rd release on their streaming service, Disney+. With Hamilton set to premiere on Disney+ in just a few weeks, this trailer gives potential new fans a taste of what to expect. Instead of completely reshooting the musical, the film version of Hamilton will be using an edited version of a June 2016 production of the show.

Originally premiering off Broadway in 2015, Hamilton is a musical about the story of the American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Inspired by the 2004 biography, the shows music has a combination of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and soul. The musical gained instant critical acclaim and moved to Broadway within a few months, where it went on to win 11 Tony Awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Since its release, the show has gone on multiple national tours to constantly sold out crowds.

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Disney officially released a short Hamilton trailer. It consists of brief shots from scenes in the musical, set to the opening song “Alexander Hamilton.” Though the show is an edited version of the stage play, Disney promises that the film “… transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way.” Make sure to check out the trailer below:

Something noteworthy about Hamilton is that this is Disney+’s first attempt at making a stage play adaptation into a feature film. A Hamilton film has been in the works since 2017, but it appears that a direct adaptation of the musical has been the easiest route to take. Disney is involved with a wide variety of businesses, so if Hamilton turns out to be a success, Disney has a wide pool of musicals they could adapt next. With Hamilton’s widespread acclaim, it will be interesting to see if the musicals quality changes when the film version is released.

Companies love to follow trends, and if Hamilton winds up a success for Disney+, then other companies are already willing to make more film adaptations of classic plays. Hamilton may have premiered five years ago, but demand for related content is still high. Just a few months ago, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda released an exclusive song that had to be cut from the original musical. Given Hamilton’s enduring popularity, it should be a big draw when it starts streaming in July – and maybe even get more people to sign up for Disney+.

Next: Disney+ Could Censor Hamilton: Why It Shouldn’t Happen

Source: Walt Disney Studios

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Andrew Stussie is an aspiring screenwriter and a freelance journalist for ScreenRant. Andrew took film classes at the University of Kansas and has worked with Oscar-Winning film maker Kevin Willmott. Andrew has won international awards for multiple scripts that he has written. Along with movies, Andrew enjoys video games, pro wrestling, and comic books.

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