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Interview: Jon M. Chu Talks ‘In The Heights’, What He Learned From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ & More!

Jon M. Chu’s latest turn in the director’s chair, In the Heights, is now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max!

I had the chance to sit down with the director to discuss the film. During the chat, Chu spoke about how his family helped connect him to the story. Chu also discussed adapting the musical and the challenges he faced when deciding what would be cut from the theater adaption. To end the chat, Chu shared how his experience on Crazy Rich Asians helped make sure Washington Heights felt authentic to the culture and the people that live there. 

Check out our interview with Jon M. Chu below: 

In The Heights Official Synopsis

Lights up on Washington Heights, a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community.  At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi, who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. 

The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits, and Lin‑Manuel Miranda.

Jon M. Chu
Anthony Ramos as Usnavi and Melissa Barrera as Vanessa in In The Heights (Courtesy of a Warner Bros. Pictures).

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