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Things We Saw Today: The Hamilton Film Is Coming to Theaters … in 2021

We're Willing to Wait For It

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Actor Leslie Odom, Jr. performs on stage during "Hamilton" GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

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Less than a week after we were reminded of the existence of a professionally filmed and edited version of the hit Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical Hamilton, we finally – FINALLY – know when we’ll be able to actually watch the “HamilFilm.”

That’s right! Hamilton with the full original cast in theaters in October of … 2021. Okay. Yes, that is a long way to wait but just think of it this way: this means that Disney is confident America and the world will still be around in 2021! That’s positive, right?

The fact that it’s Disney distributing this film is interesting. It’s not surprising that Disney picked this up, given their long-standing relationship with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has written songs for and appeared in various Disney films in recent years (including Star Wars) but the very fact that a major studio is releasing this filmed musical like a tentpole film is cool and unique.

Typically, filmed musicals are staples of PBS pledge drives or at best, Fathom events single showings, akin to broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. This doesn’t sound like that. According to the release, this version of Hamilton is “a leap forward in the art of ‘live capture'” that combines “the best elements of live theater and film.” Um, okay?

I honestly don’t know what it means when Disney says this is a “wholly new way to experience Hamilton” other than there might be good editing and camera movement, but I’ll still be there opening day. I know it’s a ways off but like Aaron Burr, we’re all willing to wait for it.

(via Twitter)

Here are a few other fun things we saw today:

  • Here’s something to make you feel old: the WB debuted 25 years ago (via Pajiba)
  • Here’s something new: a first look at Wayne Brady as The Gravedigger in Black Lightning (via EW)
  • Something borrowed: Billy Porter wore his Iconic tuxedo gown to Sesame Street (via Pink News)
  • And something for the folks in blue: Fans of The Good Place: The Podcast and Marc Evan Jackson, Rejoice! Marc and the Shur-niverse are back with the Brooklyn 99 podcast!

  • You may have been on the field at the Super Bowl … or at least your tweets might have been. (Via Mashable)
  • And if that’s not enough CW for you, here’s the first glimpse of “New Zari” on Legends of Tomorrow (via TVLine)
  • This cosplay is incredible!

  • And finally, the Washington Post continues to be bad when it comes to twitter policy. (via The Daily Beast)

What did you see out there today?

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Jessica Mason (she/her) is a writer based in Portland, Oregon with a focus on fandom, queer representation, and amazing women in film and television. She's a trained lawyer and opera singer as well as a mom and author.