Hamilton film is on the way but it’s not what you think

Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical is one of the world's most popular theatre productions right now, and it's coming to the big screen

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  The cast of Hamilton perform on stage during The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at Royal Albert Hall on April 8, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

A film adaptation of Hamilton is on the way starring the cast of the stage production, but it might not be quite what you’re expecting.

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The acclaimed musical drama tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, blending contemporary styles like R&B, pop and soul with more traditional show tunes.

The upcoming film version isn’t an outright adaptation in the style of 2012’s Les Miserables or 2019’s Cats (*shudder*), but a recording of the stage show filmed across three live performances.

Clocking in at two hours and 40 minutes long, rights to the release have been acquired by Disney for a hefty $75 million, with a planned release on 15th October 2021, reports Deadline Hollywood.

The film version will allow fans to see the show from multiple cinematic angles, while also avoiding the hassle of trying to secure tickets at great expense.

The show catapulted creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to international stardom and he has gone on to play major screen roles in Mary Poppins Returns and BBC One’s His Dark Materials.

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Another of Miranda’s musicals will be on the big screen this year, as Tony Award winning In The Heights receives a more traditional film adaptation from director Jon M Chu (Crazy Rich Asians).