News: Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces Benny, Nina and Vanessa For ‘In The Heights’ Movie
Apr 11, 2019
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Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter announced additional cast members for the feature adaptation of his Tony-winning musical In The Heights from Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu. Joining Anthony Ramos, casted as Usnavi, there are Corey Hawkins as Benny, singer/songwriter Leslie Grace as Nina and Melissa Barrera as Vanessa.

Hawkins is a Julliard graduate. He starred on Broadway in Romeo & Juliet as Tybalt and was nominated in 2017 for a Tony Award for his role in Six Degrees of Separation. Hawkins has straddled film and theater work throughout the course of his career, landing a pivotal role in Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman and recently wrappig a lead role in Michael Bay’s Netflix feature 6 Underground.

Barrera plays Lyn on Straz’s Latinex series Vida, which airs its second season this June. She is repped by UTA, Cross Over Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Barrera studied at NYU before returning to her native Mexico to pursue an acting career, at which point she starred in several theater and television productions.

Grace, who is repped by CAA, saw her self-titled album Leslie Grace (2013), hit number four on the Billboard Latin Albums chart, and number three on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart. She’s a three-time Latin Grammy nominee, with noms for the single “Como Duele el Silencio,” the album Lloviendo Estrellas, and her 2013 self-titled release.