December 1, 2015


'Hamilton' Musical Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Worked on New 'Star Wars'

Walter McBride/WireImage
Walter McBride/WireImage

Broadway’s Hamilton has earned more love than any musical in 2015. The lion's share of that praise is owed to 35-year-old Lin-Manuel Miranda, the New Yorker who composed the period piece's lyrics, music and book. He also did the music and lyrics for In the Heights; both that show and Hamilton are known for their hip hop and R&B stylings. Oh, and Miranda was the original actor to star as President Alexander Hamilton.

Now Miranda and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens director/co-writer J.J. Abrams have revealed they worked together on music for the new film. Here’s how it worked out:

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonAbrams recalled meeting Miranda at a performance of Hamilton. “Hey, if you need music for the cantina, I’ll write it," Abrams recalled him saying. Coincidentally, composer John Williams said he’d rather not tackle the presumably boppy tuneage for The Force Awakens’ version of Episode IV: A New Hope’s famous scene set in Tatooine's Mos Eisley. Abrams came back to Miranda, who said, “I’ll drop everything."

The rest was history, and now our hearts are even closer to exploding before we get to see Episode VII on Dec. 18.