Jon M Chu, who is known for directing hit movies like Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, will blow our minds and hearts once more through In The Heights, his latest project.
The movie, which is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, delves deeper into the lives and culture of the Hispanic community of Manhattan's Washington Heights. The story follows a bodega owner who dreams of leaving New York City and opening a bar in the Dominican Republic, his homeland.
Listed in this article are a few of the things you may not know about Jon Chu's version of In The Heights.
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1. Directing 'Crazy Rich Asians' Helped Jon Chu With 'In The Heights'
Chu has taken home a few lessons from his Crazy Rich Asians movie. In an interview, the director shared how small choices in the set affect a variety of viewers in a cultural aspect.
"Making Crazy Rich Asians influenced how I would approach In the Heights. I think I didn't understand the full power of the specificity that I could show in Crazy Rich Asians that would resonate with the audience. I didn't know how important that really was how sharp that made our knife cut right to your heart. I think, you know, certain choices that we made maybe by mistake, maybe just by instinct," he said.
"Like Crazy Rich Asians made such huge differences, whether it was: How many times do you cut to the food? What kind of food? Hey, you know, that shot where the friends are just hanging out in the jeep? That's probably some of the most powerful imagery and, for me, it was like, we're just shooting them in the car, but I understand that and I understand what that can give somebody," he added.