Olivia Harvey
May 12, 2020 10:00 am
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Hamilton heads, you have been blessed. Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger announced this morning, May 12th, that Disney is moving forward the release of the filmed version of Broadway’s Hamilton. Now, instead of a theatrical release in October 2021, Iger moved “Hamifilm” over to Disney+ and pushed the release date up to July 3rd, 2020. Happy almost-birthday America, indeed.

“We’re thrilled to bring the extraordinary @HamiltonMusical to #DisneyPlus on July 3,” Iger tweeted earlier this morning. “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.”

He thanked Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who shared the good news over on his Twitter feed as well. He wrote, “It’s only a matter of time…Our Hamilton film. THIS July 3rd. On Disney+.”

Miranda used the hashtag #Hamifilm, which is genius, of course.

Hamilton—the original story of founding father Alexander Hamilton set to a hip-hop-inspired score—took home 11 Tony Awards in 2016 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama that same year. The film set to be released was filmed just two weeks before the original cast, which includes Miranda, left the show.

“We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day,” Iger said via a press release, per Deadline, “and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind Hamilton to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned.”

Mark your calendars, theater lovers. You’re finally going to get your shot to see Hamilton and its original cast do their thing.