The feature film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights is adding a Hollywood legend to its diverse cast.
THR reports that Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role as Anita in West Side Story, will star in the Warner Bros. movie musical. She will join A Star Is Born actor Anthony Ramos, who starred in Miranda’s Broadway hit Hamilton. Moreno will play matriarch Abuela Claudia.
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is set to helm the movie with Miranda producing, along with Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs and Scott Sanders.
Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the musical in May after it was released by The Weinstein Co. as the disgraced studio was readying for bankruptcy.
Set in New York’s Washington Heights, the film will follow a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.