'Hamilton: The Musical' to debut on Disney+ 15 months earlier than planned

It had been due for cinematic release, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Disney's plans.
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A treat for Disney+ subscribers will land on July 3, the worldwide debut of the filmed version of "Hamilton: The Musical."

The movie – put together from 3 different performances of the Broadway smash filmed in 2016 – was due for cinematic release in October 2021.

But its star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, announced on Tuesday that the finished movie will be arriving much earlier, launching on the Disney+ platform – rather than at movie theaters – on July 3.

Disney has been bringing forward the release of some of its productions earlier in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it seeks to boost subscribers to its streaming platform.

Last month it made Frozen 2 and Onward available despite them having only recently been released at theaters.

"In this very difficult time, this story of leadership, tenacity, hope, love & the power of people to unite against adversity is both relevant and inspiring. Thank you," tweeted Robert Iger, executive chairman of Disney.

The movie will feature the original Broadway cast, including Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr, Jonathan Groff and Daveed Diggs.

Disney+ cost $6.99 per month, though new customers can get a 7-day free trial.

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