There is no place in the film for Vanessa Hudgens, who played the part of Vanessa during the 2018 Broadway Center Stage production, but Anthony Ramos, who also appeared in that production, leads the cast as Usnavi.
talking about the cast, director jon m. chu tells radiotimes.com and other media outlets, “We had to find people who could speak all the languages in the film, go from dialogue and acting to music, to movement and express it not just as a performance.
“all these people, what they brought when i first met them was the truth, the truth of the lin music he wrote about the streets he grew up on, and the love that quiara put into the words that these people they had to be able to instinctively understand it, translate it, and express it in any way possible, whether through dialogue or music.”
Keep reading for everything you need to know about the cast of in the heights, including who they play and where you might have seen them before.
anthony ramos plays usnavi de la vega
who is usnavi? the main character and narrator, usnavi is a friendly and hard-working winemaker. He dreams of moving to his home in the Dominican Republic, where his late parents were from before moving to New York.
what else has anthony ramos been up to? Ramos is no stranger to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work, having originated the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Hamilton. On the big screen, he previously appeared in A Star Is Born and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, while voicing the character King Trollex in the animated film Trolls World Tour. She also played Mars Blackmon in 19 episodes of the Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.
leslie grace plays nina rosario
who is nina? nina was born and raised in washington heights and recently returned from stanford university where she was having difficulty adjusting and felt alienated as a result. Although she wants to drop out of school, she has a hard time convincing her father that she is the right thing to do, especially since she is the first person in her family to go to college.
what else has leslie grace been up to? Recognized for her career as a singer/songwriter, Grace has earned multiple Latin Grammy Award nominations. this will be her first role in a movie.
ariana greenblatt plays the young nina and ariana s. Gómez plays Nina, 12 years old.
Melissa Barrera plays Vanessa Morales
Who is Vanessa? A young and ambitious fashion designer, Vanessa hopes to start her career in downtown New York, but currently works at the local salon, Daniela’s. she is also usnavi’s love interest.
What else has Melissa Barrera been in? Barrera has appeared in several telenovelas in her homeland, Mexico, and first found fame in the United States appearing as the lead character in Starz Drama. life. in the heights is her biggest screen role to date, but she is also scheduled to appear in the upcoming reboot of scream and in the next adaptation of carmen.
olga merediz plays “grandmother” claudia
Who is Claudia? The de facto grandmother (grandmother) of the neighborhood, Claudia is a pillar of the community, having lived in Washington Heights since she was a child. she inspires love and respect from everyone and cares for the whole community, and also enjoys buying lottery tickets.
What else has Olga Merediz been up to? A veteran of stage and screen, Merediz played the role of Claudia in the stage version of In the Heights and won a Tony Award for her portrayal. On screen, she has appeared in minor roles on such television shows as The Sopranos, Shades of Blue and Orange Is the New Black, while film credits include Requiem for a Dream, The Place Beyond the Pines and Godmother. /p>
corey hawkins plays benny
who is benny? usnavi’s best friend benny works as a dispatcher for the owner of a local car service, kevin rosario, nina’s father, and it turns out he has a crush on his boss’s daughter.
what else has corey hawkins been up to? Hawkins has several notable screen credits to his name, including the role of Heath in five episodes of The Walking Dead, as well as leading roles in 24: Legacy and Survival. On the big screen, he previously played Dr Dre in Straight Outta Compton, as well as roles in Kong: Skull Island, Blackkklansman and 6 Underground.
daphne rubin-vega plays daniela
Who is Daniela? The owner of the local salon, Daniela works alongside Cuca and Carla and is considering relocating her business.
what else has daphne rubin-vega been up to? An acclaimed stage star, Rubin-Vega originated the roles of Mimi Marquez in the Broadway musical Rent and Lucy in the Off-Broadway play Jack Going Boating. On screen, she appeared in the NBC drama Smash and the Riverdale spin-off Katy Keine.
gregory diaz iv plays sonny de la vega
Who is Sonny de la Vega? Usnavi’s cousin, Sonny works alongside him in the warehouse and can sometimes be too smart for his own good. he also faces immigration problems.
what else has gregory diaz iv been up to? This is Diaz’s biggest film role to date, but he previously played Quentin in two episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and appeared in the 2020 film Vampires vs. the Bronx. On stage, he played Bruce in the matilda the musical broadway transfer in 2018.
jimmy smiths plays kevin rosario
who is kevin rosario? the owner of the local dispatch company, kevin, sold half of his business to finance the university education of his daughter nina de los, so he is not happy with his desire to leave the school.
what else has jimmy smits been up to? smits is a television veteran, with famous roles including attorney victor sifuentes on l.a. Law, Detective Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue, Matt Santos in West Wing, and Nero Padilla in Sons of Anarchy. His most prominent role on the big screen was as Bail Organa in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Rogue One.
stephanie beatriz plays carla
Who is Carla? A hairdresser in Daniela’s salon and a first-class gossip dealer, Carla is in a relationship with Daniela, a change she made from the play.
what else has stephanie beatriz been up to? Beatrix is best known for playing Detective Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while previous film credits include Pee-Wee’s Big Vacation, Moonlight, and voice roles in Ice Age: collision course and the lego movie 2 .
dascha polanco plays cuca
Who is Cuca? A new character for the film, Cuca is another employee at Daniela’s salon, where she works as a stylist and manicurist.
what else has dascha polanco been up to? Polanco’s most famous role is that of Dayanara “Daya” Diaz in Orange Is the New Black, while her big screen credits have included Gimme Shelter, Joy and The Irishman. She has also appeared in episodes of the television shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Russian Doll, and When They See Us.
lin-manuel miranda plays piragüero, the piragua guy
who is a piragüero? a minor character, piragüero is the owner of a small pirogue (a Puerto Rican dessert) stand in the neighborhood.
what else has lin-manuel miranda been up to? As the creator and co-writer of In the Heights, Miranda needs no introduction. He originated the role of Usnavi on the Broadway show, before finding mega fame with his second musical of Hers: Global Sensation Hamilton. Other on-screen roles for Miranda include Jack in Mary Poppins Returns and Lee Scoreby in her Dark Materials.
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marc anthony plays the gapo de la vega
Who is gapo de la vega? usnavi’s uncle and sonny’s father, gapo de la vega only appears in one scene of the movie.
what else has marc anthony been up to? Winner of three grammy awards and six latin grammy awards, anthony is best known for his music career, but he also has several film roles to his credit, including hackers, bringing the dead to light and to the man on fire. this cameo is the first appearance of him on the big screen since 2006.